The Cougars will finish second. That’s a done deal. What isn’t done is who they will play in the first round of the play-offs. Either Oceanside or Westshore will face Victoria next week in the opening round. So when Victoria faced off against Westshore last night the Generals were watching closely.
Heading into the contest the Generals were 2 points up on the Wolves but the Wolves had two games in hand. If the Wolves are able to win one game in the their final three and the Generals lose their final game, Oceanside would face Victoria in round 1.
Whomever finishes in sixth will play Nanaimo or Kerry Park. It seems Oceanside would rather play one of them instead of Victoria. They probably would want to play one of those two for travels sake alone. Westshore might want Victoria. Last year the Wolves unceremoniously tossed the Cougars out of the first round of the playoffs in seven games.
This year’s Cougars is different. Five players had a multi-point night and the Cougars broke out in the 3rd, after a terrible 1st, to finish off the Wolves 5-2. Booker Chacalias added 2 more points but still trails Evan Easton by 5 with only one game to go.
The big story outside of the race in the standings was Jude Wessel. The 17 year old Forward from the Fraser Valley Major Midget Thunderbirds played his first Junior game with Victoria last night collecting a goal at 2:59 of the 2nd to tie the game at 1. He also collected Player of the Game honours for Victoria.
The Cougars play their last game of the regular season tonight against the Islanders. The Cougars will have to wait until the last minute to see who they face in the first round of the 2019 play-offs.
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