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
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