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Cougars Dominate

The Cougars are now 5-1 against the Kerry Park Islanders this season. Their only loss coming in their last game against the rivals from the other side of the Malahat. This contest was far different than the last. Victoria dominated basically the entire game.

It didn’t take long for the Cougars to jump out to a lead, only 3:04 into the 1st. Trey Anderson became the eighth Cougars player to reach 10 goals so far this year. More than any other team in the VI. Only a minute and three seconds later Dylan Jessa scored what would become the Game Winning Goal. Bryce Irwin would add a 3rd Cougars goal at the 11 minute mark and the Cougars headed into the first break up a field goal. The shots were 16-4 after 1.

The 2nd period is where the game went completely lopsided. While Cory Mater broke the shutout bid for Brett Anderson only 36 seconds into the period, the Cougars quickly shrugged off the anomaly and went to town on the scoreboard. A total of five goals from the Cougars in the 2nd. Arthurs, Frank, Esposito, Easton, and Egan capped off the rout. Both teams went through the motions just killing the clock in the 3rd period as it looked like both teams wanted to leave the arena without injury or suspensions. Which can happen in a heated game that is that one-sided. Shots finished 51-18 for Victoria in an 8-1 win that saw 8 different scorers.

The Cougars now play 3 games on the road before the winter break. Next up is Saanich tomorrow (13th) at Pearkes, 630pm.

Dylan Jessa and Riley Windsor took home player of the game honours.

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Cougars Take 5 of 6 Points Against Top Teams

The Cougars entered the Sunday afternoon game fresh of 2 wins in 3 days against the top team in the North and the 3rd place Wolves. Victoria knocked off the Gens last night then had to bus back for a quick turn-around today. The team bus didn’t roll into the arena until 1am this morning, then the players had to be back at 10am for another game.

The Panthers had lost their last 3 against Victoria, but they were the better team on Sunday. You can make all the excuses you want, but the Panthers looked stronger for most of the game. Although, it did take a power-play in overtime to actually win.

The first period was scoreless, but fast-paced. Both teams traded scoring chances and body checks, lots of body checks. It wasn’t until the first minute of the 2nd before the deadlock was lifted. Just 17 seconds into the 2nd Davis Frank gave the Cougars the lead, and it stayed that way until the 3rd. 91 seconds into the final frame it was Riley Braun to tie the game. Then at the 18:33 mark of the 3rd Jude Wessel took a 5 minute major for head-contact. The Cougars held off the Panthers in regulation, but just a few seconds after the power-play ended in OT the Panther fed Braun from the same spot as his first goal, and he made no mistake. Shots were even at 29.

The Cougars are now 1 point back from the Panthers with 2 games in hand for the top spot in the VI. Evan Easton’s point streak ends at 18.

Next up for the Cougars is the Islanders on Thursday at home. 7pm.

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Cougars Battle Back

The Cougars travelled to Parksville to take on the Oceanside Generals who were tied with them for second place in the overall standings.

It was a fairly evenly played first period with the Cougars outshooting the Gens 7-6. It would be the Generals however who would draw first blood. Dawson Heathcote took a shot on net that looked like it went in off the top of the shaft of Cougars starter Jonah Chambers stick. The goal was scored at 14:57 with assists going to Brady Kay and Justin Scott.

The Generals increased their lead when Oceanside net minder James Brendeland passed the puck up the boards to Heathcote at centre ice. Heathcote skated into the Cougars zone and then fed a perfect pass to a speeding Landon Dziadyk who tipped the puck into the top of the net for a 2-0 lead. That goal came at 1:12 of the 2nd, and it looked like it might be a tough night for the Cougars. Bryce Irwin had other ideas. He took a Dylan Jessa pass into the Generals zone and beat Brendeland under the left arm to bring the Cougars within 1. The goal was scored at 3:29 and the second assist went to Davis Frank. There were chances at both ends but at 11:08 the Cougars PP clicked to make it a tie game. Irwin passed the puck to Marshall Brown who’s shot was blocked. Brown got the puck right back and fed Evan Easton from behind the net and Easton wired home a wrist shot to extend his point steak to 18 games. 31 seconds later it was another hot Cougar, Spencer Golden who tipped home a Jonathon Esposito point shot. Second assist went to Jude Wessel.

Early in the third Cam Lesergent passed the puck back to Nathan Goliath at the point. Goliath took a shot that was tipped in front by Brandon McClintick for his first goal as a Cougar at 2:39. The game would finish 4-2 for the Cougars.

Stars were Dawson Heathcote for the Gens and Brandon McClintick for the Cougars.

Next up is the Peninsula Panthers tomorrow afternoon for a rare 1:30 start at the Arch. First place overall is on the line. See you there!

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The Wolves vs A Cougar

The Wolves were back in the Cougars barn for the 4th meeting of the Season between the two division rivals. Victoria owns the season series at 3-0 and out scoring the Wolves 21-11 coming into the game.

The Cougars looked unreal for the opening shift of the game, but the second shift was all Wolves. Highlighted by the opening goal, at 1:33 of the period. Tyler Chyzowski broke into the zone, got a shot on Anderson, snagged his own rebound, went around the net and buried his second chance. The Cougars responded quickly though. Bryce Irwin grabbed his 7th and 8th goals of the year about 90 seconds apart, first on a wrap-around, then on a 5 hole shot. The Cougars all of a sudden were up 2-1 6 minutes into the game. The Wolves would get a chance to tie the game though after Trey Anderson took a 5 minute major for head-contact. The Cougars league best PK went to work, limiting the Wolves to only 4 shots total and no goals. It was 2-1 after 1.

The Cougars jumped out to a 3-1 lead very early in the 2nd. Spencer Golden, who told Tom Arlidge at the Cougars Christmas dinner just the other night that he likes going 5-hole as that seems to be how he keeps scoring, did it again. The Cougars 3rd 5-hole goal of the game. The remainder of the period was ALL Cougars. Victoria out-shot the Wolves 17-3 in the 2nd frame. The biggest reason why the score didn’t change was Dalan Marleau. He stood on his head in the middle frame making several saves that would have been goals 99% of the time. Stoning Evan Easton, Spencer Golden, Zach Guerra, and Cam LeSergent. All those players can score.

The 3rd the Cougars continued their dominance, but it was one player that was brighter than the rest. Bryce Irwin already had two goals on the night when he seemingly found another gear in the final frame. He collected his first junior hat-trick at the 1 minute mark of the 3rd, and only 47 seconds later got his fourth of the game. He continued his puck dominance for the rest of the game, and could have easily scored a few more goals if it weren’t for Marleau. Jude Wessel finished off the scoring late to make it 6-1. Evan Easton also extended his point streak to 17 games with an assist on the Irwin Hat-Trick goal.

Victoria out-shot Westshore 44-24 and went 2 for 6 on the power-play.

The Cougars play the Generals on Saturday in Parksville, then back to Victoria to take on the Panthers for a very rare 130pm start at the Arch on Sunday.

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