Game 1 in Campbell River on Tuesday saw the top 2 teams in the VI face off once again for the Title. The Storm came out flying to take game 1. But, the Cougars didn’t get dominated nearly as much as the score shows. Shots were close for 2 of the 3 periods and the Cougars had many scoring chances, but didn’t get the bounces. Campbell River won 4-0.
Game 2 was a different story. The Cougars took this game back home and was able to put 5 on the board with McNulty chipping in the Hatty. Both teams had 7 power plays but the Cougars were the only ones to capitalize, going 1 for 7. Victoria won 5-2
Game 3 shifted back to Campbell River with the series tied at a game apiece. The first period saw the Storm dominate for about the first half of the period. The Cougars turned the tables in the second half and had McBean pot the first goal of the game at 18:16.
The second period saw more Cougars offence. Clark jumped off the opening face-off to score only 6 seconds into the period. While the Storm couldn’t solve the Cougars penalty kill (They went 0/6 in the first 2 periods), Victoria snagged a power play goal from Chacalias at 4:32 of the second. The score would hold at 3-0 at the second intermission. Victoria was out shooting the Storm 28-22 at this point.
The third period saw Mateo Albinati give the Cougars a 4 goal lead mid way through the period. The Cougars continued to put pucks to the net in a relentless onslaught. The Storm could not solve Sikkes who played like a man possessed. He put up the 31 save shutout and gave the Cougars a 2-1 series lead. The Cougars out shot the Storm 38-31. Victoria was 1 for 5 on the PP, while the Storm were 0 for 6.
Players of the Game were Mateo Albinati and Josh Pederson.
Game 4 is Sunday in Victoria, 330pm.
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