CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – It was all quiet on the Storm front on day one of the Cyclone Taylor Cup.
The host Campbell River Storm lost their first game of the B.C. junior B hockey championships, after falling 5-2 to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Thursday night at Rod Brind A’Mour Arena.
The Storm’s head coach Mike Wilson said being the host team put a bit of pressure on the players.
“I think the guys came out a little bit nervous. This is the tournament we’ve known we’re going to be in all season and there’s a lot of build up,” Wilson said.
“You’ve got to hand it to the North Vancouver (Wolf Pack): they were fast and they did a real good job at creating some offence. But I think our guys showed a lot of character.”
Wilson added that he felt his players did well on the second and third periods against the Pacific Junior Hockey League champion Wolf Pack, adding that he felt the Storm dominated the third period.
“But obviously, we didn’t get the result we were hoping for.”
The Storm are facing the Victoria Cougars tonight. Wilson said tonight’s game will be a good opportunity for a re-match.
“I think we’re in a really good spot. I think the Cougars may even underestimate us at this point, but I think it’s always a decent spot to be in. I really like the way we’re set up to come in tonight.”
“I think if we can come out fast, play physical, play in our zone as much as possible, then we’ll be in good shape.”
The Cyclone Taylor continues through the weekend, culminating with the gold medal game at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Rod Brind A’Mour Arena.