Tough times for Storm, Heat in KIJHL action

Kamloops Storm and Chase Heat have a combined record of 1-16-1 to open the 2018-2019 season

The two area junior B hockey clubs are having a sluggish start to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

The Kamloops Storm dropped two games in the Kootenays on the weekend — 6-0 to Columbia Valley on Saturday and 4-3 to Kimberley on Friday — to fall to 1-8 on the season.

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The Chase Heat were swept by 100 Mile House in a Thursday/Friday home-and-home series, 3-0 and 5-1. Chase is now 0-8-1 on the season.

Despite having one win through nine games, Kamloops remains in the fourth and final playoff spot in the five-team Doug Birks Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference. Revelstoke sits atop the division with 12 points, followed by 100 Mile House (11 points), Sicamous (nine points), Kamloops (two points) and Chase (one point).

The Storm will return home this weekend to play two games: Friday against North Okanagan (2-5) and Saturday against Summerland (5-6). Both games begin at 7 p.m. at Memorial Arena.

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