The Kamloops Storm, with a new owner, new general manager, new coach and new logo, have seen larger crowds at Memorial Arena through the first two games of the young Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.
But the junior B club is still looking for its first win of the 2019-2020 campaign.
The Storm dropped the first two games at home after yielding identical 3-0 leads.
The deficits led to a 4-2 loss on Saturday to the Chase Heat and a 3-1 setback on Friday to the Golden Rockets.
On Saturday, Chase jumped out to a 3-0 lead, with two power play goals, before Hayden Hirsch scored for Kamloops 13 minutes into the second period.
A power-play marker by Therann Kincross two minutes into the final frame pulled the Storm to within a goal, but Chase’s Tyson Lampreau scored at the 12:30 mark to give the Heat a 4-2 lead that would be the final score.
The contest was even across the board, including shots of goal (Kamloops with 34, Chase with 29) and penalty minutes (Kamloops with 16, Chase with 14). The Heat were two-for-six on the power play, while the Storm were one-for-six with the man advantage.
Jordan Foster registered the win in net for Chase, turning aside 32 of 34 shots he faced, while Kamloops netminder Ethan Paulin-Hatch stopped 25 of 29 shots that came his way.
On Friday, Golden jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for the 3-1 victory, outshooting Kamloops 29-19.
Kamloops’ lone goal, at the mid-point of the third period, came from Yewta Plamondon, with assists to Therann Kincross and Brody Johnston.
Golden goalie Brandon Weare started the game and turned aside 17 of 18 shots, while Jonah Chambers faced, and saved, one shot. In the Storm crease, Jakob Drapeau stopped 26 of 29 shots he faced.
Kamloops is back on the ice next weekend, with a Friday, Sept. 20, game in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights (a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at the Armstrong-NorVal Centre), followed by a home games against the Revelstoke Grizzlies on Sunday, Sept. 22. Faceoff is 5 p.m. at Memorial Arena.