The Cougars were fresh off a loss to the Kerry Park Islanders and the Bucs were fresh off a loss to the same Islanders and the Oceanside Generals. Both teams wanted 2 points.
This game was highlighted by two new faces in the line-up. Beaumont, Alberta native Dawson Blanchette making his VIJHL return after spending some time with the Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL. And, Brandon McClintick, making his 2019/2020 debut after coming back from an injury he suffered in the play-offs last season. McClintick, a Victoria native, actually played as an AP for the Cougars in 2016 for 2 games before signing with the Islanders. With the addition of Blanchette and McClintick the Cougars now have 3 of the top 5 Islanders point scorers from last season including Evan Easton.
Speaking of Evan Easton. He extended his point streak to 15 games, on his 20th birthday.
In the 1st the Cougars came out fast and hard, taking it to the Bucs for most of the opening 20. Davis Frank picked up his 11th goal of the year after tossing a soft shot towards the net that fooled Carlos Siso. Nanaimo had 2 power plays in the period, but the opening frame ended 1-0 Cougars.
The 2nd was more Cougars. Zach Guerra picked up goals 9 and 10 on the year. Bryce Irwin collected an assist on both goals, and had three points total in the game. He is only 1 point away from equaling his 2018/2019 total. He currently has 26 points in 17 games (27 in 46 games last year).
The third period saw the penalty box doors get a workout. Including Connor Casparie getting 3 of his 5 total minor penalties on the game. The Bucs did manage to break the shutout bid for Jonah Chambers, shorthanded. A break away from the Nanaimo captain Jacob Gosling had Brandon McClintick chasing and not able to catch up. Easton and Golden added to the Cougars total nearing the end of the game, Golden’s goal came shorthanded as well.
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