NANAIMO, B.C. – Patrick Ostermann stopped 39 shots and Alexander Benger scored twice as the Victoria Cougars took three out of four points this weekend following a 6-4 win over the Nanaimo Buccaneers on Saturday night.
It was sweet revenge for Victoria who fell in overtime to the Buccaneers at home last Thursday with Dylan Hartl scoring the game winner.
On Saturday, the Cougars enjoyed period leads of 3-1 and 5-3.
Benger opened the scoring at 4:52 on Victoria’s first shot of the game. From the point, Benger unloaded a howitzer that left goaltender Derek Krall rooted.
Then at 13:33, on a power play, Foster Martin slid the puck past Krall during a goal mouth scramble.
Sean Patten gave the Cougars a three goal lead at 14:19 when his shot from just inside the blue line eluded Krall.
Immediately following the goal, Krall was lifted after making only three saves on six shots. Blake Wood turned aside 13-of-16 shots in relief.
Ex-Cougar Owen Dalman got Nanaimo on the board with a power play goal after redirecting a centering pass from Clayton Peace at 16:53.
Jayden Schubert pulled the Buccaneers to within a goal at 4:07 of the second period off a beautiful deflection.
Three minutes later, Carl Ewert and Jacob Gosling were ejected from the game for fighting.
A double minor for high-sticking to Billy Walters resulted in a power play goal from Benger and a shorthanded goal from Cam Nickerson.
However, at 18:15, Darwin Lakoduk restored the Cougars two goal lead with his team leading 15th goal after banging home a rebound.
Ostermann was brilliant, facing 22 shots in that period.
Third period power play goals from Shane Kime and Mathieu Jallabert rounded out the scoring.
Victoria finished 3-for-7 with the man advantage; meanwhile, the Buccaneers went 3-for-8.
Hartl finished with three assists for Nanaimo.
The win, coupled with Westshore’s loss, means the Cougars are only three points behind the division-leading Wolves with two games in hand.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL: Kerry Park Islanders 6, Westshore Wolves 3. Saanich Braves 4, Peninsula Panthers 0. Campbell River Storm 7, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 0.
Next game for Victoria is Wednesday, December 6 versus the Westshore Wolves. Game time at The Q Centre, located at 1767 Old Island Highway, is 7:00 p.m.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, Darwin Lakoduk (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)
2nd star, Patrick Ostermann (Saves: 39, Save Percentage: .907)
3rd star, Dylan Hartl (Goals: 0, Assists: 3)