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Are the Kerry Park Islanders for real? It seems like it, having taken the league-leading Campbell River Storm into overtime on Saturday night.

The Storm prevailed at 58 seconds with a goal by Mike Dyck to win 5-4. Cole Slaney and Damon Porter assisted on the play. Throughout the game, there were plenty of penalties and the teams fired 43 and 40 shots at the goaltenders respectively.

Both team’s penalty kills were solid as the powerplays went 0/6 for the Storm and 0/5 for the Islanders.

The North Division and league-leading Storm sport a record of 24-8-2-1, while the Islanders sit in second place in the South Division with a record of 18-12-1-4, but they have had a strong second half to their season.

Since Dec. 1, they have gone 3-2-0-3 and since Nov. 1 they have gone 10-4-0-3. Their only negative is overtime, where they have 1 overtime win and 4 overtime losses so far this season.

The Storm opened the scoring at 1:04 of the first period with a marker from Damon Porter. Dyck and Jackson Dyke assisted on the play. Romaeo D’Intinio would get one back unassisted at 11:50 to tie the game, but the Storm would take the wind out of the Islanders’ sails with a short-handed marker at 17:11. Dyke scored from Cole Slaney and Damon Kramer. The period would end 2-1 for the Storm.

The teams traded goals during the second period with Zach Trempner and Isaac Leik scoring for the Storm and Islanders, respectively.

At 3:35 of the third period, Tanner Tiel would tie the score 3-3 to send the game into overtime.

Aaron de Kok would earn the 37-save win for the Storm, while Charles-Oliver LePage would take the 40-save loss in net for the Islanders.

Elsewhere in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, as expected the South Division-leading Victoria Cougars came back with a 3-1 win over the Oceanside Generals after losing to the Westshore Wolves on Jan 3rd, by the score of 3-0.

They fired 37 shots at goaltender Jacob Sweet who was hot on his game; otherwise, the score would have been more lopsided than it was. He earned home-star for his efforts.

The powerplays went 1/5 for Victoria and 1/7 for Oceanside.

The Generals mustered just 25 shots on Cam Stevenson, who earned the 24-save win.

There was no scoring during the first period. The Generals scored first during the second period at 7:05 while on the powerplay. Joshua Martin was sitting for two minutes for hooking at the time. Greyson Weme would find the back of the net. Elijah Goyer assisted on the goal.

The Cougars scored two after that. Kevan McBean would get a powerplay goal of his own at 8:05. Cole Ford was assessed a minor for slashing at 7:27.

Cameron LeSergent would score at 13:09 of the second. Tyler Vanuden earned two assists on the two goals.

There was only one goal during the third period from Bryce Irwin. Foster Martin and Matthew Berryman would earn assists.

The Saanich Braves came back from their 5-4 loss to the Nanaimo Buccaneers on Jan. 4 with a 5-1 win in Courtenay against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

The Braves would pepper Joben Douce with 40 shots, 16 alone during the first period.

Both powerplays were stymied going 0/5 for the Braves and 0/3 for the Glacier Kings.

James Vince opened the scoring for the Braves. Jarrod Lucoe earned the only assist on the play at 4:25.

The Braves got up 3-0 by 13:15 of the second period with goals by Jackson Estey, unassisted and Jacob King. The Glacier Kings got their only goal at 14:05 of the second.

Zach Guerra would earn two points in the game while scoring at 5:30 of the third unassisted and setting up Ryan Strange at 17:32. Evan Abgrall would earn the second assist.

Shots were 40-21.

Connor Cheyne earned the win in net for Saanich, while Douce lost despite stopping 35 Braves shots.

The schedule maker doesn’t take it easy on the Braves. They want to get on a winning streak and are 2-1 in the New Year, but face the Victoria Cougars on Wednesday at the Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt. A win is possible, but a tall order.

Friday they host the unpredictable Westshore Wolves at Pearkes Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Wednesday and 6:30 pm on Friday.

Storm 35 24 8 0 77
Buccaneers 30 18 10 0 57
Generals 37 12 21 0 43
Glacier Kings 35 4 29 0 15
Cougars 35 22 9 0 73
Islanders 35 18 12 0 60
Braves 35 16 12 0 59
Panthers 35 10 17 0 41
Wolves 33 11 17 0 40
E. Easton (KPI) 34 20 25 45
B. Chacalias (VIC) 31 21 22 43
I. Leik (KPI) 34 18 21 39
J. Zary (NAN) 27 21 17 38
B. McClintick (KPI) 30 6 32 38
B Wood (INACT) 6 5 1.34 .938
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
O Sikkes (VIC) 12 8 1.84 .942
J Little (CRS) 11 7 1.99 .915
A de Kok (CRS) 22 16 2.11 .929