The Cougars coming fresh off only their 2nd loss of the year wanted to get that winning streak feeling back. After a rough outing and a loss in Campbell River Victoria was looking at an Islanders team making strides to right their ship. Only 4 wins on the year KPI has faced Victoria 3 times already, and lost all 3. But they have added some new faces that look to help them be competitive. And they were tonight. This was a very different Islanders team from the first time these teams played each other this year.
The first period was a bit of a wash as far as who was more dominate. Both teams traded chances, both teams through solid checks, and both teams looked good. But Cory Mater was the only one to look really good. At 13:31 of the period, the California product buried his 8th of the year when he was left alone out front and took a pretty feed from Fitzpatrick. That was the only marker of the period. Victoria did come very close late. They hoped to carry some momentum into the 2nd.
They did just that. Only 1 minute and 11 seconds into the 2nd Bryce Irwin grabbed his 6th of the year and tied the game at 1. The remainder of the period was dominated by the Cougars in every aspect expect scoring. The only player better in the 2nd than the Cougars was Spencer Deakin. Making 20 saves in the period he’s the reason why the 2nd ended 1-1 instead of 6-1.
The only blip for the Cougars in the final frame was a Parker Bergstrom goal 45 seconds into the 3rd. A goal Chambers very much wants back. The Cougars resumed their hard pressure on the Islanders leading to Easton tying the game again at 8:34 and Jude Wessel getting the GWG at 16:48. The Cougars ended the game with 52 shots on net. Spencer Deakin made 49 saves, many were for-sure goals in most cases. He was easily the best player on both teams.
Bryce Irwin and Spencer Deakin collected the players of the game.
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