After their originally scheduled home opener was postponed, the Kerry Park Islanders ended up playing to a tough loss to the Saanich Predators in their first game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season on Sunday afternoon.
The Isles lost 4-1 to the league-leading Predators at Kerry Park Arena on Sunday, a day after they were supposed to play their home opener against the Lake Cowichan Kraken.
Saanich converted two of their 10 powerplay opportunities as the Isles racked up nearly 100 minutes in penalties, not including two game misconducts, while the Preds had just over 50 penalty minutes.
The Predators scored once in the first period, twice in the second and once more in the third before Tobin Bergman notched the Isles’ first of the season.
The Isles visited Port Alberni Wednesday for the expansion Bombers’ home opener, and are set to visit the Predators this Friday, then play host to the Victoria Cougars on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Lake Cowichan Kraken, meanwhile, are still waiting to make their season debut after having their first three games postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The Kraken are scheduled to visit the Cougars this Thursday, then play their home opener against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by another road game against the Oceanside Generals on Saturday.