A Battle Of Bitter Rivals

Victoria entered the ‘Brindy on a league best 12 game winning streak and still holding the province best winning percentage. They also thumped the Braves 10-2 last night.

The Storm on the other hand have had a hard start to the season. Only 3 wins in their last 10 including a 3-1 loss to Victoria on October 6th.

The game started all Storm though. At one point leading the shots 7-1 and looking very good. But, a odd man rush completely against the flow Dumonceaux went 5-hole on a nice cross-crease feed. Jonah Chambers did get a lot rubber thrown his way in the 1st. Part of the reason was several ill-advised penalties from the visiting Cougars. Then with about 17 minutes to go Jackson Dyke scored the tying goal on a beautiful feed from Pederson. The 1st ended tied at 1. Shots were 13-11 at this point.

The Storm tried to build on the steam built up after the late tying goal in the 1st. After several scoring chances early they finally beat Chambers. Bono made it 2-1 for the Storm. The second also saw both teams taking far too many stupid penalties. It was even 4 on 3 for the Storm at one point late in the second after 3 penalties called in quick succession. And when you have that much room on the ice it becomes shooting gallery. Murray took advantage of that making it 3-1 Storm late in the period. Then with 1 minute and change left in the 2nd Jory Swanson took a 5 minute major for Charging. But the whistles had a hard time staying in the pockets as the Cougars took a penalty for holding a few seconds later. Then less than 5 seconds later the Storm took ANOTHER penalty. It really was something to see… and we have another 4 on 3. This period felt like it wasn’t going to end… but thankfully it finally did with no additional scoring.

With all those extra penalties the Cougars only got about 90 seconds of 5 on 4 PP time. After getting the power play settled Victoria managed to get a few scoring chances at the net, but de Kok was playing well. Ultimately the Cougars could not score in that mess of PP and PK time. Storm broadcaster Mark Berry even remarked after all the penalties finally ended, “Hey folks, a little 5 on 5…”. Let’s hope it stays that way.

It didn’t…

Just after a penalty to Witter ended the Storm get another goal from Rookie Riley Billy on his first goal in Junior. The wheels started to fall off at this point. Bono got his second of the game and it was 5-1 late. That’s where this one ended. The Cougars win streak comes to an end at 12. Now that the streak is over, the Cougars can focus on getting better.

Next up for the Cougars is Kerry Park at home on Thursday November 7th. 7pm

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