Kelowna Minor Hockey products (from left) Trevor Bottomley

Kelowna threesome celebrates Keystone Cup

Trevor Bottomley, Gage Colpron and Kobe Oishi members of Campbell River Storm, the Western Canadian Junior B champs

It’s often said good things come in threes.

The phrase proved to be true for a trio of Kelowna hockey products who each played a key role in the Campbell River Storm’s march to the 2015 Western Junior B Hockey Championship.

Trevor Bottomley, Gage Colpron and Kobe Oishi did their part to help push the B.C.-champion Storm to the Keystone Cup title in Cold Lake, Alta.

All three Kelowna players scored goals in Sunday’s title clincher, a 6-3 win over the North Edmonton Red Wings.

The B.C. junior champion Storm won four of five games during the six-team tournament, which featured clubs from the four Western provinces and one from western Ontario.

“I knew we had a good team, we set a goal to win the Keystone Cup but when you actually do it, it’s unbelievable,” said Oishi, 18. “I think our team had pretty good depth, four lines that could play, so I think that’s what took us all the way.”

Bottomley, 18, a defenceman, opened the scoring in the first period of the final with a snapshot high over the shoulder of the Edmonton goalie for a 1-0 lead.

Oishi scored five minutes into the second period on a power play to stake Campbell River to a 2-0 lead.

Colpron, 20, scored 16 seconds into the third period to give the Storm a 5-1 lead and effectively put the game on ice.

The three Kelowna players helped lead the Storm to three junior B titles this spring—the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League championship, the Cyclone Taylor Cup in the B.C. finals in Mission, and ultimately the Keystone Cup.

For Oishi, it was his fourth B.C. championship in as many seasons. He won back-to-back titles in Kelowna midget hockey, the B.C. Major Midget title with the Okanagan Rockets last season and junior B gold this year.

“I’m pretty lucky to have been on some really good teams,” added Oishi, who is hoping to make the step to junior A next season. “I’m happy I decided to come out to (Campbell River). It worked out well.”

Colpron led the Storm in scoring during the regular season with 42 goals and 84 points. Bottomley had 28 points in 48 games, while fellow rookie Oishi had seven goals and 22 points during the VIJHL regular season.

 

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