The Nanaimo Buccaneers dropped out of first place after a pair of losses last week.
The city’s junior B hockey club was defeated 5-3 by the Kerry Park Islanders on Thursday night at the Nanaimo Ice Centre, then got shut out 2-0 against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings two nights later on the road.
In Thursday’s contest, the game was 3-3 going into the third period but the home team got into penalty trouble late and the Islanders scored on a tip-in while crashing the crease with a minute and a half left. The visitors added an empty netter, also on the power play.
Nanaimo’s scorers in the loss were Chad Bell, Will Koop and Will McNamara and Liam Young tended goal.
Saturday’s setback was close all the way through as the Kings scored early in the second period and that was the only goal until an empty netter with just over a minute left.
Alex Orth tended goal for the Bucs and shots were 29-28 in favour of the visitors.
Nanaimo had gone into the games in first place in the VIJHL’s North Division standings, but were passed by the Campbell River Storm on the out-of-town scoreboard on Sunday night. The Bucs and Storm will duke it out this coming week in a home-and-home series.
GAME ON … The Bucs take on the Storm on Thursday (Nov. 12) at 7:15 p.m. at the NIC, then the teams play again the next night up Island.