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The Campbell River Storm took over the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League lead with three demonstrative wins over the weekend. Firstly, they defeated the league-leading Victoria Cougars on Friday with a 2-1 victory at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena, then they whipped both the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 7-2, Saturday and the Peninsula Panthers 8-3 on Sunday.

On Sunday, 20-year-old forward Mike Dyck of Calgary picked up five points on the night. Scoring three times and adding two assists. It was his eighth multi-point game of the season and first five-point game as a Storm player.

Saturday, the Storm took a whopping 50 shots on goaltender Matthias Smith, who stopped 43. Although the Storm exhibited a balanced attack, Damon Porter picked up a hat-trick on the night.

The 20-year-old native of Calgary must have been inspired by Dyck’s play the next night. Porter is committed to Arizona State University for next year. It was his first hat-trick of the season, but if anyone was calling him a puck hog, that changed overnight as on Sunday he picked up four assists.

Dyck leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 27 games played.

Campbell River can play it all ways. Friday, when hosting the Cougars, they took them seriously and made sure they fired 45 shots at Owen Sikkes.

Kyle Jennings and Noah Fladagar scored Friday, with Jennings getting the winner at 1:26 of overtime.

The Storm now sport a record of 22-6-1-1 and have a team +/- of +69 with a league-leading offensive output of 127 goals for and a league-leading, mizner-like 58 goals against.

The winning isn’t going to end soon as the Storm host the Comox Valley Glacier Kings Friday, Dec. 14. Unfortunately, the Glacier Kings have just three wins this season and occupy last place in the North Division and the league. Although they have won those three games of late, they will be punching above their weight if they challenge the Storm.

Tuesday in the VIJHL, the South Division-leading Cougars, will look to put Friday’s loss to the Storm behind them when they visit the Kerry Park Islanders in Mill Bay on Tuesday. Although Kerry Park has played well recently, the Cougars will be hungry for the win. The fur shall fly.

Wednesday, the Panthers will look to do the same to the Westshore Wolves at The Q Centre and Thursday will be an opportunity for Saanich to demonstrate that they are clearly over their horrendous slump – on Saturday, they took out the Islanders in a veritable four-pointer by the score of 6-5. It was a welcome change-of-results, as they had lost second place in the division to the Islanders the week before and went 3-8 in a stretch after starting the season 10-1-1-1.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 30 22 6 0 69
Buccaneers 27 16 9 0 51
Generals 31 10 19 0 34
Glacier Kings 29 3 24 0 12
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 29 19 6 0 64
Islanders 30 15 11 0 50
Braves 28 13 10 0 47
Panthers 30 8 14 0 35
Wolves 28 8 15 0 31
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
B. Chacalias (VIC) 26 18 20 38
E. Easton (KPI) 29 15 23 38
M. Albinati (VIC) 23 18 17 35
T. Tiel (KPI) 28 15 19 34
J. Zary (NAN) 24 18 15 33
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
B Wood (INACT) 6 5 1.34 .938
O Sikkes (VIC) 8 6 1.37 .955
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
A de Kok (CRS) 19 15 1.89 .935
J Little (CRS) 8 5 2.03 .916
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