The Nanaimo Buccaneers had some idea that it was going to be a long series, and it will be.
The Comox Valley Glacier Kings defeated the Bucs 2-1 in overtime Tuesday up Island to knot the best-of-seven Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League series at two games apiece.
Nanaimo’s Garrett Dunlop tied the game early in the second and that score stood until two minutes into OT.
It was the third 2-1 game of the series, a trend that doesn’t suit the usually high-scoring Buccaneers.
“We’re not getting the quality shots that we need, that was the biggest difference,” said Brad Knight, the team’s coach.
He said he wants to see more shots getting through on the PP, with more net traffic. He mentioned that his young team needs to understand that it doesn’t always need to try for a pretty goal.
The Bucs will get more playoff experience in a hurry, as the series will now go at least six games.
“Comox plays with a tremendous amount of pride and a tremendous amout of determination, so they’re not about to just pack it in,” Knight said. “It’s going to be a long, hard-fought series.”
Nanaimo’s home-ice advantage could be magnified now that the series has become a best-of-three.
“If we’re looking for just another little shot in the arm, then that’s where we’re hoping the hometown crowd can help the kids rally,” Knight said.
GAME ON … Game 5 goes Thursday (March 14) at 7:15 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.