Campbell River Storm player Timon Prexler, left, defends as Nanaimo Buccaneers forwards Brandon Roberge and Owen Dalman look for a scoring chance in front of Storm goalie Spencer Deakin during Thursday’s VIJHL game at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Bucs outscored by Storm, win streak over

Campbell River Storm defeat Nanaimo Buccaneers 8-4 Thursday, rematch is Friday

The Nanaimo Buccaneers are beatable after all.

The city’s Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team saw its 13-game winning streak end with an 8-4 loss to the Campbell River Storm on Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Bucs coach Curtis Toneff said his team worked hard, but didn’t work smart.

“The effort was there, we wanted it, but we weren’t thinking the game, we weren’t playing within our structure and our system and they took advantage of it,” Toneff said.

The Storm scored late in the second period to snap a 2-2 tie and then added three goals in a six-minute span early in the third to take control.

Nanaimo got two goals from Booker Chacalias and then two from Brandon Roberge. Goalie Derek Krall made 31 saves for his first loss of the season.

For the Storm, Cody Savey and Pearce Messer scored two goals each, Kyle Kaufmann and Darren Hards each had a goal and two assists and Brett Kinley and Jalen Price also tallied. Spencer Deakin made 24 saves for the win.

Toneff agreed that Thursday’s loss can be a teaching tool for the Buccaneers.

“We didn’t want to lose, we didn’t want to come out and drop a game like that to Campbell River, but it knocks our guys back down to Earth…” the coach said. “We’re not going to just show up and win every game without the 60 minutes in between when we get there and finish the game.”

Thursday’s game was the start of back-to-back matchups against the Storm, the rematch is Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River.

“We need to be harder to play against and we need to work smarter and we need every guy to buy in,” Toneff said. “I think the last couple times we’ve beaten them, we’ve played a fairly simple, greasy game where everyone’s played pretty well and everyone’s bought in.”



sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Another section of Bruce Avenue closing for construction

New curbs, gutters, lighting installation will detour traffic to Howard Avenue for three weeks

Hundreds of Kin club members meeting in Nanaimo this week

Service club holding national convention Aug. 21-24

Nanoose Bay residents miffed as roadwork on Northwest Bay Road causes long delays

City of Parksville announces road closure extended for a second time

Nanaimo Clippers step on the ice for training camp

BCHL team starts skating with pre-season games coming up this weekend

City of Nanaimo says it’s ‘back on track’ with waste collection

Mechanical issues, ‘additional pressures’ caused delays

Nanaimo Clippers step on the ice for training camp

BCHL team starts skating with pre-season games coming up this weekend

Parksville man, 75, goes missing from north Nanaimo home

Police dog services called in to help with search

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Snowbirds’ militarism shouldn’t be celebrated

The public has accepted this military demonstration team as benign entertainment, says letter writer

Stretch of Departure Bay Road to be closed until month’s end for road work

Slope stabilization taking place between Newton Street and Little John Way

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Most Read