Storm Expect A General's Revenge

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two weeks ago the Oceanside Generals attracted a large, festive crowd for their home opener at Howie Meeker Rink.  Unfortunately, The Campbell River Storm came to town and spoiled the party, thrashing the beleaguered Generals  8-0.

In Howie’s words, “Golly Gee Wilikers, what the heck just happened?”

The Generals have a chance to redeem themselves when the two teams meet in a rematch tonight at Rod Brind’Amour Arena and Storm head coach Lee Stone is not taking them lightly.

“I expect Oceanside will be better,” he says, “They have Jonah Pearson back in their line-up now, he was one of their better players last year.  I’ve heard they also have a couple other guys back from Junior ‘A’ try-outs, so I think we’ll see a much improved team.  For us, it doesn’t really matter who we are playing against --we just want to concentrate on getting better every shift, every period, every game.  Things like (revenge and) over-confidence are irrelevant if we do that.”

Campbell River should have a couple new faces in their line-up as well.  Kyle Cheema is expected to make his first start of the season in goal tonight for the Storm.  The seventeen-year-old rookie played 19 games for the West Valley Hawks of the BC Major Midget League last season, posting a 3.13 GAA.

Up front, Storm fans will likely see the debut of forward Jon Pichedwatana.  The California native is a product of the Anaheim Junior Ducks program and has been practising with the locals for the past week and a half.

“He’s a skilled guy, one of the last cuts from the Prince George Spruce Kings Junior ‘A’ team,” says Stone, “He needs to work on his skating a little bit but the skill level is definitely there and I think his compete level is getting better and better every day.”

The Storm is still without a pair of injured players.  Forward Joe Surgenor (back) and veteran defenseman Ryan Grills (shoulder) are on the mend but still a week or two away from returning to the line-up.

Campbell River played in Nanaimo last night (Thursday) against the Buccaneers.  The final score was not available at press time but fans can log-on to www.VIJHL.com for results