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It appears that for the 2017-2018 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season there is realignment in the stars. So far for this young season, the familiar powerhouses, the Campbell River Storm in the North Division and Victoria Cougars in the South, are no longer guaranteed runaway champions. At this point, only Nanaimo – who came on strong last year, look dominant.
Friday, the Kerry Park Islanders handed the Saanich Braves a third consecutive defeat, while the Westshore Wolves lost to the Peninsula Panthers for their second consecutive win, the results of which, created movement in the divisional standings.
The Wolves, who found themselves on top of the South Division, dropped to second place, leapfrogged by the Kerry Park Islanders. Their records are now, 5-3-0-1 and 5-4-0-2, respectively – relatively even.
For the Braves they drop to 3-6-0-2 on the season and to the basement of the South Division.
The Panthers were rumoured to be a much-improved team for the 2017-2018 season, however, they got off to a sluggish start at 2-4-0-0 and were cellar-dwelling, and they are now 4-4-0-0 after Friday night’s win. They are tied with the Victoria Cougars in points with eight but have played one extra game.
Who will dominate this season at this time isn’t clear.
Icings: The Nanaimo Buccaneers are a stellar 8-1-0-0 to apparently unseat the Campbell River Storm for first in the North Division. Is this Nanaimo’s year? They showed great promise in 2016-2017.
The Storm got trounced by the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 8-1 last night, to give the northern neighbours their first win of the season. A win was due; however, 8-1 is not what the Storm is used to dealing with. They are currently 7-3-1-0, which is still a strong record – the season is young.
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