It wasn't pretty but the Nanaimo Buccaneers opened their second season, the same way they started their first: With a win.
The Bucs beat the Campbell River Storm 4-1 to kickoff the 2013-14 Vancouver Island Junior B Hockey League at the Nanaimo Ice Centre on Thursday.
The Buccaneers got goals from Derian Hamilton, Devyn Grant, Daniel Foglietta and Riel Gibson. Ryan Waldhaus made 25 saves for the win. Brayden Taekema score Campbell River's only goal and Marc Terriault made 33 saves in the loss.
The biggest issue for the Buccaneers is discipline, but they'll take the win as a starting point for the season.
"I'm happy, we got started and now we know what we're starting with," said Nanaimo head coach Brad Knight.
Taekema opened the scoring early in the second period, but defencemen Hamilton and Grant both scored late in the frame to give Nanaimo the lead heading into the third.
For Grant, it was his first goal as a Buccaneer, playing as an affiliated player.
Knight was pleased with what he saw from the five-foot-eight, 152-pound Campbell River native.
"I was really happy with the way he played," said Knight.
If the Buccaneers are going to defend their VIJHL North Division regular season title, they are going to have to be smarter. They took several ill-timed penalties that could have hurt them, including a holding penalty on a back check by new captain Noah Russi at 16:41 of the final period with Nanaimo up 2-1.
Fortunately for the Bucs, the Storm was even more undisciplined and took two minors for spearing an unsportsmanlike conduct at 18:17 to put the Bucs on the power play. Nanaimo capitalized and Foglietta and Gibson iced the game with two late markers.
"If it wasn't for that five-onthree late in the game, Campbell River was full value for their effort," said Knight.
The Buccaneers are in Parksville to play the Oceanside Generals on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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