Storm Go For Nine Straight

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Can they keep it alive?

That’s the question Campbell River hockey fans are asking as the Storm try to extend their season longwin streak to nine games when they host the Nanaimo Buccaneers tonight (Friday) at Rod Brind’Amour Arena.

Despite the tremendous start, the Storm playersstill find themselves in a dog fight with the Bucs for first place in the VIJHL North Division standings.  The two teams are separated by just one point, although Nanaimo has games in hand.

You’ve got to give credit to Nanaimo,” saidStorm head coach Lee Stone, “They’ve won every game except the two against us.  As the season progresses, hopefully we’ll start to see some separation but it will be a battle to see who gets better over the course of the year  The fact our league is so competitive right now is a good thing – having teams push us every game is what makes us better.”

Campbell River edged Nanaimo 3-2 on an overtime goal by Trevor Bottomley in their first meeting on September 12, and followed that up with a 4-2 victory six days later in the Harbour City.

Storm fans get their first look at new centremanConnor Logan, who was acquired earlier this week in a trade with the Peninsula Panthers.

“I’m very excited adding a player with Connor’s abilities to our lineup,” said Stone, “He finished second in league scoring last year with 75 points.  He’s a hard-working centreman with a great all round game – he finishes his checks, kills penalties, and obviously has a scoring touch – if we were missing anything up front it’s probably the work ethic he brings at both ends of the rink every night.  Having him in the lineup makes us even deeper and gives us three legitimate first lines.”

The other big news out of the Storm dressing room this week concerns the injury list.  After just getting rookie forward Joe Surgenor and veteran defenseman Ryan Grills back from extended absences, the team learned they have lost assistant captain Josiah Friesen for up to 12 weeks with a broken wrist.

Also missing from the Storm lineup tonight is left winger Michael Olson who is serving the final game of a 2-game suspension for a hit from behind.  Joey Karrer (7-0) will make his eighth start of the season in goal.

Campbell River hits the road next week for a rare Tuesday night game against the South Division leading Westshore Wolves.