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7 In A Row On The Line

The Cougars entered the rare Friday contest at home on a 7 game win streak. Good for best of the season in the VIJHL thus far. The Kerry Park Islanders were the opponent in their first game in a week. Last Friday KPI faced the Braves in Saanich and managed to come away with a 4-3 OT win. They almost won that one in regulation but former Cougars Foster Martin scored to tie the game with only 3 seconds to go in the 3rd. The Islanders were able to secure the 2nd point in OT, only their second win of the year. The Cougars have won 7 in a row, and 9 of 10 to start the season.

The first period was almost entirely Cougars with full control. The Islanders only managed 6 shots in the frame and only one legitimate scoring chance. Victoria on the other hand, held about 75% of the play. They only got 12 shots through, but many good chances were broken up by the defence, and 3 posts made those 12 shots feel like much more. The lone goal of the frame was from Zach Guerra with his 5th of the year at 5:12.

The second period was a different story control-wise. The Cougars gave the Islanders 5 power-plays. This gave the Islanders plenty of opportunity to make a come-back in a tight game. Unfortunately for them, the Cougars penalty-kill is far better than the KPI power-play. KPI went 0for5 on the PP in that period and the Cougars managed to score the only goal of the frame again. Davis Frank collected his 8th on the year late in the period as he went coast to coast up the right boards before cutting across the crease and burying the puck for the 2-0 lead. Shots after 2 were 26-13 Victoria.

In the third period the constant parade to the box finally bit the Cougars, Parker Bergstrom made it 2-1 with Jude Wessel in the box. The Islanders were back in the game. Evan Easton didn’t let that last though. Just over a minute later he grabbed his own power-play goal and the Cougars were back up by 2. An empty netter by Cam LeSergent ended any hope of a Kerry Park comeback.

Shots were 36-24 Cougars
KPI 1 for 8 on the PP
VC 1 for 5 on the PP

Next up for the Cougars is the Panthers, at home on Sunday. 3:30pm at the Arch.

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Depleted Cougars Score Many Firsts In Win Over Glacier Kings

The Cougars travelled up to Comox with 2 AP’s in the lineup and Jackson Egan playing defence due to early season injuries.

The game started off with an early goal by the Glacier Kings when Tanner Roberts was able to squeeze on in on starter Noah Chambers. The Cougars and the Glacier Kings traded chances in the first with the Cougars outshooting Comox 12-8.

In the second the Cougars shook off the bus legs and took it hard to their opponent from the north outshooting them 15-5 and outscoring them 4-0. The Cougars first goal was the first of the season for blueliner Dylan Jessa. With the teams playing 4 on 4 it was Bryce Irwin who carried the puck into the Glacier Kings zone, went around behind the net and fed the puck to Jessa at the point who walked in to the high slot and wristed a hard shot top shelf blocker side to tie the game at 7:38 of the 2nd. Then on the PP Zach Guerra slid the puck to Cameron Lesergent who looked like he was going behind the net but instead fed Evan Easton at the edge of the crease and scored his 6th goal of the season at 9:28.
Then less than a minute later the Cougars were again on the PP and Guerra fed the puck to Hark Gill at the point. Gill slid the puck over to Trey Anderson on the side boards and Anderson took a hard wrist shot that Comox goalie Brandon Naidu got most of but it found the net at 10:09. The final goal of the period came at 14:46 when AP Mateo Pivetta took a pass from Desmond Arthurs off the faceoff and went high blocker side for his first goal of the season.

The final goal of the game was 14:43 of the third period and another first of the season for the Cougars. Jackson Egan took the puck from his end and passed to Arthurs who slid the puck Easton. Easton then slid the puck back to Arthurs who beat Naidu for his first goal of the season. The summary on the league website is incorrect but I do expect it to be corrected.

Players of the game for Comox – Tanner Roberts Cougars – Evan Easton

Next game for the Cougars is listed as Sunday vs Westshore but that game has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. So the Cougars will face the surging Kerry Park Islanders at home for a rare Friday night home game on the 18th. The Cougars will host their annual Pub Night at the Arch on Saturday the 19th. Doors will open at 6.

TOM ARLIDGE

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Finals Rematch!

The Storm travelled to the Arch for the first time this season, and Davis Frank was ready. The Cougars forward is a Campbell River native and former Storm player. But this game turned into the Jonah Chambers show.

The first 5 minutes of the game actually saw the Cougars hold most of the play in the Storm zone, showing very good puck control and gathering a couple scoring chances. But after a few minutes the Storm shook off their bus legs and we ended up with a fast-paced back-and-forth period. The score remained tied at 0 for most of the first, until Evan Easton on the fore-check alone, chased down Storm D-man Jake Boxer, picked his pocket, and buried his 5th of the year at 12:24. Then with Jackson Egan in the sin bin, the Storm in the offensive zone, Matt Clark picked off a pass, and the fastest skater in the league was off to the races with Davis Frank right beside him on a 2 on 0 breakaway shorthanded. Clark, with the ultra classy move passed the puck to the former Storm player, and Frank made no mistakes. Snagging his 7th goal of the year.

The 2nd period was just as fast and frantic as the 1st, but with the Storm in full control. Lee Stone obviously said something to fire up the Storm after the 1st period. The boys in black and silver peppered Jonah Chambers with multiple scoring chances, but the Calgary native kept the door shut. Then at 16:09 Bryce Irwin completely against the flow of the game made it 3-0 on a wicked snip shot low blocker side. His 2nd of the year.

The third was more intense action both ways with the Storm pressing hard. Chambers still showed his brilliance stopping several more scoring chances. But with the Cougars in the box, and a failed clearing attempt by Victoria allowed Brenden Murray to break what should have been a Chambers Shutout. Late in the 3rd the play started getting rough. Lots of chippy play both ways highlighted by Knute Loe swinging his stick violently at Zach Guerra. The Cougars held on for the win, mostly thanks to Jonah Chambers.

Next up for Victoria is a road trip to Comox on Friday. 730pm start.

Players of the game
Jonah Chambers for Victoria.
Noah Fladager for Campbell River.

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G Kings Enter The Arch

The Cougars entered the game on a 4 game winning streak, and the Glacier Kings entered the game having not won a game in 2019. In fact they haven’t won a game in 293 days, December 14th 2018, a 6-3 win over the Storm. A game that saw Davis Frank, then a Storm player, take home Player-of-the-Game for Campbell River.

The opening frame started as could have been predicted, all Cougars. Victoria held the offensive play for 80% or more of the opening 20. Victoria Hammered 22 shots on net. Brandon Naidu though, stood strong for the Kings. He made several outstanding saves in the first 10 minutes. The onslaught continued though, and Brown finally got one past the netminder. 15:06 of the first Brown snagged his 4th of the year. Victoria didn’t stop, at 16:41 Frank grabbed his 6th on the year, then 3 minutes later Brown got another, on the Power Play.

The 2nd period was a completely different story. The Cougars came out flat and lifeless. Terrible passes easily intercepted, running around their own zone like Tim-Bits players and a general sense of disorder. Comox made them pay for it. Two unanswered goals by Roberts and Neufeld had the boys from Comox back in the game, down only 1, mid-way through the game, and the momentum. Unfortunately for the Glacier Kings, the Cougars offence is very, very good. Even with a period of team-defence struggling, the front line was playing well. The Cougars took back that momentum shift late in the period on Spencer Golden’s third of the year at 13:01. Comox also gave up a Too-Many-Men penalty late, giving the Cougars a power play going into the final frame.

Victoria looked more like period 1, than period 2, in the 3rd. That was good for them, bad for Comox. The domination of play continued for Victoria. Naidu still managed to frustrate the Cougars offence, though. One player that stood out for the Cougars was Trey Anderson. The 16 year old forward was a force for the Cougars. Brody Coulter said in his post-game that he walks a line, right where they want him. Hard hitting, gritty play. He was rewarded in his play. Anderson bagged his 2nd junior goal and the 5-2 lead. That’s where this one ended. Comox still winless, but they didn’t give up. It won’t be long before that 0 is erased I think.

Players of the Game
Marshall Brown – Victoria (2 goals)
Brandon Naidu (49 saves)

Next up for Victoria is Campbell River at home Sunday, 330pm.

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