Nanaimo Buccaneers players Trey Watson, left, and Brendan Rogers both go for the puck as Kerry Park Islanders player Braydon Nelson is also in on the play Thursday during VIJHL action at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Buccaneers get past Islanders in junior B action

Nanaimo has won its first three regular-season games after a 3-2 win on Thursday at the NIC

It was closer than it needed to be, but the Nanaimo Buccaneers bested the Kerry Park Islanders to remain unbeaten this season.

The Bucs beat the Isles 3-2 on Thursday in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

“It wasn’t what we wanted in certain aspects, but we got the win,” said Curtis Toneff, Buccaneers coach. “A lot of different line combinations out there with guys maybe not quite used to each other when it came down to going to the net and actually putting the puck in the net.”

Nanaimo was 1-for-11 on the power play and outshot Kerry Park 37-23. Toneff said playing with the man advantage, the team needed to shoot low with bodies in front of the net and try for rebounds.

“We need to score more greasy goals, I think,” he said.

Owen Dalman, who had a goal and an assist, credited the opponents with playing a grinding game as the Buccaneers were trying to get all on the same page.

“It was kind of like our first game with our whole team back together,” he said. “I though we held pretty good most of the game.”

Joshua Zary and Tyson McLean scored Nanaimo’s other goals and Blake Wood made 21 saves for the win.

GAME ON … The Buccaneers visit the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on Saturday, Sept. 15. Next home action for the Bucs is Thursday, Sept. 20, also against the Glacier Kings, at 7:15 p.m. at the NIC.



sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Regional District of Nanaimo to review water infrastructure

Region to make assessments of each of its water service areas

City declares house on Metral Drive a nuisance property

Nanaimo council votes to start charging for calls for service to the address

Nanaimo’s new council meets for first time in council chambers

Mayor Leonard Krog says council members came to first regular meeting prepared

NDSS Islanders win Island volleyball championship

Nanaimo District defeats Carihi three sets to one in AAA Vancouver Island final in Victoria

Kw’umut Lelum expanding its services off-reserve

Child and family support services will be available through new Prideaux Street office

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive begins its campaign leading up to Christmas

The 36th Great Nanaimo Toy Drive will make sure children have presents on Christmas morning

Case of bovine tuberculosis found in cow on southern B.C. farm

CFIA said the disease was found during salughter and they are investigating

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

B.C.’s Esi Edugyan wins $100K Giller prize for Washington Black

Edugyan won her first Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011 for Half-Blood Blues

Bolder action needed to reduce child poverty: Campaign 2000 report card

The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care.

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.”

Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose suspended for Grey Cup

Rose was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for contacting an official with 37 seconds left in the first half following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.

Mistrial declared in Dennis Oland’s retrial in father’s murder

The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

Most Read