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Buccaneers shut out playoff opponent

Nanaimo Buccaneers player Derian Hamilton, left, is checked by Kerry Park Islanders opponent Kyle Peterson during Thursday
Nanaimo Buccaneers player Derian Hamilton, left, is checked by Kerry Park Islanders opponent Kyle Peterson during Thursday's Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoff game at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

The Nanaimo Buccaneers' second playoff game was a little bit closer, except on the scoreboard.

The city's Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team defeated the Kerry Park Islanders 4-0 in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

"We played as well as we needed to…" said Brad Knight, Bucs coach. "We scored goals on a timely basis; we got good goaltending. We were very fortunate that we snuck that win out by just being a better skilled club."

Lee Orpen scored in the first period and Garrett Dunlop added a power-play marker in the second to give the home team a 2-0 edge going into the third. The Islanders gained some momentum midway through the third period but Buccaneers goalie Cam Large made a number of good saves to maintain his team's lead.

With five minutes left in the game, Will McNamara scored a wraparound goal on the power play to make it 3-0. Tyson Harvey added another PP goal late and Dan Foglietta scored a few seconds after that on a short-handed breakaway but the goal was negated by a too-many-men-on-the-ice call.

Large was selected first star for his shutout performance as shots ended up 24-24.

The Bucs think they'll need to bring better effort as the series moves now to the Islanders' home rink.

"It's good to get the 2-0 series lead heading into their barn…" said Shane Dial, Buccaneers forward. "[We'll] make sure we keep the pressure on them and don't give them anything."

ICE CHIPS … The Buccaneers and Islanders play Game 3 of their series Saturday (Feb. 23) at Kerry Park Arena at Mill Bay. Faceoff is 7:30 p.m. Game 4 will be Tuesday, also on the road … The Bucs, already missing defenceman Jake Calverley to injury, were also without forwards Lynden Eddy and Riel Gibson on Thursday. Gibson is day-to-day but Eddy could be out for a few weeks. Derian Hamilton skated on the forward lines Thursday.

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