Well it’s been a weather week in the VI. Already 5 games have been rescheduled and even the rescheduled games have been rescheduled.
It started last Friday when three games were cancelled due to poor weather and road conditions plaguing most of Vancouver Island.
On Sunday, another Storm hit the rock, one that caught most everyone by surprise. When the Glacier Kings and Nanaimo Buccaneers hit the road it was a clear, albeit, frigid morning. During the games at Kerry Park and Esquimalt, conditions changed and changed quickly.
Buccaneers’ President Clayton Robinson said, “It was a beautiful sunny drive down to Vic.” The Glacier Kings’ Head Coach Jordan Kamprath bound for Mill Bay agreed, “The roads down were fine, left at 11 and got there before 1:30. On the way back the roads were crazy, one lane traffic.”
The Buccaneers were stuck along with many other drivers after the Malahat was temporarily closed but Bucs’ Head Coach, Curtis Toneff, said that their driver was in close contact with another bus driver who provided updates. He added, “Our driver Jim Bangle did an unreal job, I’d say it couldn’t have gone any smoother or safer.” The club eventually got home at about 10 pm.
Both teams agreed that their drivers were the stars of the day. Thanks to Jim (Bucs bus) and Nicholas Rheault who was driving for the GKings.
Here’s the updates:
On Monday, the rescheduled game between the Campbell River Storm and Westshore Wolves was cancelled with the prospect of more snow and icy conditions over the south and mid island. A third attempt to get the game in is still being worked out for next week sometime (18th – 24th).
Tuesday’s (Feb. 12) attempt to replay last Friday’s game between the Nanaimo Buccaneers and Peninsula Panthers in North Saanich has also been cancelled because of the dump of snow expected overnight.
The Comox Glaciers Kings/Oceanside Generals game missed on the 8th has been rescheduled for Oceanside Place on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 pm.
Once again, the VIJHL will update the schedule on the website and through social media as soon as we have details on the new dates for the Campbell River/Westshore and Nanaimo/Peninsula games.