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2019 Cyclone Taylor Cup Schedule

The Cougars will play the KIJHL Champions Revelstoke Grizzlies, the PJHL Champions North Van Wolf Pack, and the Host team the Campbell River Storm, each once then the top two teams will play for Gold.


Game 1 – 230pm Thursday April 11th vs Revelstoke Grizzlies

Game 2 – 730pm Friday April 12th vs Campbell River Storm

Game 3 – 230pm Saturday April 13th vs North Van Wolf Pack

Medal games

BRONZE – 10am Sunday April 14th

GOLD – 3pm Sunday April 14th

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Cougars Weather Storm Surge to Capture Playoff Championship

Game 5 of the VIJHL finals was a battle from start to finish. The teams exchanged chances through the first 6 minutes until former Storm Brett Kinley won an offensive zone faceoff back to Captain Carl Ewert. Ewert passed over to his D partner, Nathan Ingram, who took a wrist shot from the point that bounced off Foster Martin’s shin pad and on to the stick of Kinley. Kinley made no mistake and put the puck in the back of the net for a 1-0 Cougars lead at 5:59. It was a goal-tenders dual between Owen Sikkes for the Cougars and Aaron de Kok for the Storm for the rest of the period. Shots after 1 were 10-9 in favour of the Storm.

In the second it looked like the Cougars were maybe going to start to walk away with it after Mateo Albinati converted a Booker Chacalias feed on the PP to make it 2-0 at the 6:48 mark. The other assist went to Marshall Brown. After the TV time out at the midway mark of the second the Storm surged in a big way. With the Cougars pressing it was Damon Porter who was able to grab the puck in his own zone and charge in on Sikkes on a breakaway. Porter made no mistake and ended Sikkes’ shutout streak at 158 minutes and 27 seconds. This gave the Storm life and seemed to take some of the energy out of the Cougars for rest of the period. With the Storm applying tons of pressure in the Cougars zone the Cougars tried to clear and Kyle Jennings held the puck in right at the blue-line. With some good cycling Darren Hards was able to get the puck to Davis Frank who took the puck to the slot and was able to backhand the puck and squeeze it through the pads of Sikkes. The score was tied at 2 after 2 periods.

The third saw frantic action at both ends of the rink with players from both teams throwing their bodies in front of the puck to keep it out of the net. Late in the period it was Nathan Ingram’s turn to play the hero at the blue-line. He kept the puck in at the blue-line and luckily Damon Porter dropped his stick which enabled Matt Clark to pick up the puck. Clark slid the puck over to Tyler Vanuden who took a shot which de Kok stopped but the rebound came out to Clark who gave the Cougars a 3-2 lead at 17:47 of the third. The Storm threw all they could muster at Sikkes but he held strong and at 19:11 Albinati scored his second of the game into an empty net with the assist going to Vanuden.

The game ended with a yard sale at the Cougars end. Sticks and gloves everywhere as the Cougars mobbed their backstop who was a huge reason they won the Championship. After the two teams shook hands the Cougars Captain, Carl Ewert went to centre ice to accept the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy from League President Barb Byrne. In the ensuing celebration Mateo Albinati was able to sneak up on Head Coach Suneil Karod and give him a Gatorade shower. Video of this is on the Cougars Facebook page.

The playoffs are now over but there is still hockey to be played by both of these teams. The Storm are hosting the Provincial Championships, the Cyclone Taylor Cup. Games start in Campbell River at the Rod Brind’amour Arena on Thursday the 11th at 2:30pm with the Cougars taking on the KIJHL Champions. This will either be the Revelstoke Grizzlies or the Kimberley Dynamiters. Revelstoke is leading 3 games to 1 at press time. The evening game will be at 7:00pm when the Storm take on the PJHL Champions the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. The tournament ends Sunday with the Gold medal game at 3:00pm. For tickets or more information go to

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The Cougars take a commanding 3-1 lead in Championship Series

The Campbell River Storm came out charging at the start of the first period. They applied pressure in the Cougars zone but at the 2:46 mark it was Tyler Vanuden who rang a shot off the Campbell River Storm post. He was able to beat Storm starter Jaden Little but not the iron. The game flowed back and forth through the first. At 6:19 Cougar Matt Clark took a 2 minute slew footing penalty and the Cougars were able to kill it off. At 14:23 the Storm’s Keegan Abbott took a hooking penalty and the Cougars PP which is in fire took no time to strike. Tyler Vanuden passed the puck from the half boards to Booker Chacalias at the side of the net. Booker slid the puck to the top of the slot where Mateo Albinati reached out and flipped the puck blocker side for the first goal of the game on the PP at 14:35. The game seesawed until the end of the period with the Storm outshooting the Cougars 7-6.

The second period saw a rash of penalties with the Cougars getting 5 power plays to the Storms 2. The frustration of not being able to get a puck past Owen Sikkes started to show as the Storm started to lose a bit of discipline and the Cougars made them pay. Josh Martin took a point shot that was stopped by Little. The rebound went to Tyler Vanuden at the side of the net who spied Albinati in front and slid him the puck to fire in his second goal of the game at 7:06 of the second. Soon after the goal Damon Porter took a charging penalty and it was Kevan McBean with a bullet of a slap shot. He took a feed from Ryan Okino and the power play goal chased Little from the net. Aaron de Kok finished the game for the Storm. There were a few more penalties but no more scoring in the period.

The third was more of the same. 6 Penalties to the Storm and 2 to the Cougars. Again the Storm was showing their frustration as try as they might Owen Sikkes was not allowing any rebounds so no second chances. There was a 3 on 1 break for the Storm and Sikkes shut them down. Goals in the period were at 4:32 when Albinati completed his hat-trick from Grady Birk. Then at 7:29 it was Nathan Ingram with his first goal and first point of the playoffs with a slap shot from the point that beat de Kok. Assisting were Matt Clark and Jaden McNulty.

The Storm haven’t scored in the past 2 games but it wasn’t for lack of chances. Owen Sikkes has upped his game and is playing like a man possessed.

The Player of the game for the Storm was Ante Mustapic and Sikkes for the Cougars.

Next game is Tuesday at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena up in Campbell River at 7:30pm.

Should there be a game 6 it will be at the Arch on Thursday at 7:00 and game 7 is scheduled for Friday in Campbell River at 7:30.

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Three Games Down, Cougars Up 2-1.

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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