Posts by: Jordan Smith

Cougars win in exciting fashion

The Braves and Cougars have always been a great battle. Less than 4km separate these two rivals. The Braves have been struggling lately and the Cougars have been playing well. Victoria came into the game on a two game losing streak, but still on top of the South division.

The first period was less than amazing. Lots of whistles caused the period to have almost no flow. Despite this the Braves managed to hold a majority of the play in the Cougars end. Owen Sikkes and Anderson Violette were the stars of the show for most of the game, but Sikkes had to be sharp far more in the first stopping 15 shots to keep the game tied at zero heading into the break.

The second period was a whole new game. Fast, hard hitting, and wide open. Far more flow and plenty of scoring chances both ways made the game very exciting to watch. The deadlock was broken when Nash Kellet scored his first junior goal at 10:17 of the second. The Braves looked to be holding the momentum. With the lead the game could have shifted out of the Cougars grasp if it wasn’t for Matt Clark only 23 seconds later. Clark using his speed he blasted into the Braves end, took a shot, and batted the rebound out of the air like a Major League Slugger.

Early the third the Braves took the lead back again on the power play, this time Dayton Clarke potted the goal. This time it took the Cougars 9 minutes to draw equal again. This time Chacalias was the one to bring the Cougars fans to their feet and tie the game at 2. Everything was pointing towards overtime. Both teams playing fantastic hockey and both goalies were unreal. Tyler Vanuden decided that the 3 points was more important than an exciting OT finish to a great game. With 1:35 left in the game Vanuden buried a pass short side to take the lead for good.

Booker Chacalias and Tyler Vanuden both collected 3 points and Owen Sikkes grabbed his 7th win in 9 games for the Cougars.

Booker now holds the league lead in scoring with 41 points.

The next game for the Cougars is Sunday at home vs Peninsula. 330pm puck drop.

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Cougars to Celebrate 20th year with Alumni Mini-Tourney

 

Mark Thursday December 20th on your calendars for a blast from the past. The Cougars will be hosting their Alumni at a 5 team mini tournament. Games will start at 6:20pm and likely wrap up around 9:30. There will be a round robin format with 20 minute games with 4 on 4 hockey.

The Coaches for the event will be Dennis Summerhayes from season 1, Gary Boyer who coached seasons 2-4 and then went on to become President before stepping down 2 seasons ago. Also behind the bench is current Head Coach Suneil Karod plus long time supporter Gord Bennett and finally Director and Colour Commentator on the Internet Broadcast Tom Arlidge.

Should be a fun time for all. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to The Rainbow Kitchen.
See you all there!

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“Road to World Juniors” press conference

 

Victoria Cougar players Matteo Albinati and Foster Martin aka Celly took part in today’s press conference at Bear Mountain Arena for the Road to the World Juniors. Foster donned the Mascot outfit of Celly the Spirit Bear and Matteo represented the Cougars rubbing elbows with the Premier, Honourable John Horgan. Other dignitaries present were BC Hockey CEO Barry Petrachenko along with 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Executive Director, Riley Wiwchar, and the Honourable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Also taking part was Terry Honer, Principal of David Cameron Elementary School, which was one of the schools participating.

 

After the speeches and presentation of Team Canada jerseys to the Premier and the Minister it was time for some floor hockey.

Celly aka Foster Martin was in net and stoned the Premier on his first 6 or 7 shots. Minister Beare also got into the act along with Matteo and Cameron Elementary School student and Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey player Jace Martin.

After the shoot-out Matteo was interviewed by CTV and Celly high fived numerous people.
I think the highlight for the two Cougars was after when they were able to get their pictures with TSN’s Mark Masters. A few minutes later veteran Hockey analyst Bob McKenzie came in and another photo opp presented itself.

The Cougars as an organization are proud of these two and the whole team for their involvement in this and many other community activities this season.

We hope everyone enjoys an exciting and successful World Junior Hockey Championship.

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Cougars Lose In Overtime For The First Time

After keeping their overtime streak alive on Thursday against the Kerry Park Islanders the Cougars end up on the wrong side of a 2-1 overtime score against the Storm Friday. It was a goaltending dual all night long. Looking at the score it looks like it was a boring defensive game but it was anything but.

The Storm opened the scoring at 13:41 on the power play when Noah Fladager tipped a Cole Slaney point shot past Cougars starter Owen Sikkes. The Storm outshot the Cougars 10-5 and were 1 for 2 on the PP.

On the first shift of the second, Tyler Vanuden took a Cameron LeSergent pass, drove down the right wing and sped past the Campbell River defender then cut in front of the net out waiting Storm goaltender Aaron de Kok sliding the puck in to tie it up at 1. Ryan Okino had the second assist on the goal.

At 6:53 of the second Jaden McNulty was tripped up and tempers flared when Davis Frank speared Josh Martin in the back of the leg. Martin turned and cross checked Frank to the ice. Tyler Chyzowski then hit Martin from behind and the two then had a short tussle. Both hit the showers early. The Cougars went on a 2 minute power play and Frank got away with that one.
There was no more scoring during regulation and the only reason for that was the enormous saves made by Owen Sikkes. De Kok made a few nice saves as well but Sikkes was by far the busier of the two. The Storm outshot the Cougars 44-23 in regulation and their only shot of overtime crossed the line. Sikkes got a piece of it but not enough. The overtime marker was scored by Kyle Jennings with assists to Owen Christensen and Fladager.

The game stars went to Jennings for the home side and Vanuden for the Cougars. No criticism to Tyler’s play but if it wasn’t for Owen Sikkes it could have been a rout.

That’s the last time these 2 meet during the regular season. The Cougars win the match-up with 2 regulation wins, a loss and an overtime loss. The Storm had 1 regulation +1 overtime win and 2 losses. It will be interesting to see if these two meet in the playoffs. If so that will be a hell of a series.

Next game for the Cougars is a rare Tuesday meeting up in Mill Bay against the Kerry Park Islanders and then at home Thursday against the struggling Saanich Braves. Game time at the Arch will be 7pm.

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