Posts by: Kerrie Proudlove

Goaltending Clinic at the Arch last night!

Wow!  What a game last night at the Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt!

The  Victoria Cougars were only able to put one puck past visiting Oceanside Generals net minder Jacob Sweet but that is all they would need for the win.

The Cougars buzzed the Oceanside net often and at 15:29 of the first period it would be none other than league leading scorer Mateo Albinati who would squeeze the puck past Sweet from Booker Chacalias and Nathan Ingram.  The Cougars managed 17 shots to Oceanside’s 8 in the first.

The Cougars would then put 11 shots on Sweet in the second and 18 in the third for a total of 46.  Sweet always seemed to be there to shut the door on the Cougars.

Late in the second period Generals captain Ryan Ignace would drive Cougar Captain Carl Ewert from behind into the end boards.  Ewert lay on the ice for a long time and was attended to by Cougars Athletic Therapist, Robert Zadra.  Ewert finally started to get up and had his helmet removed to expose a large gash on his nose from his cage.  A large puddle of blood had to be scraped off the ice before the final 7 seconds of the period could be played.  Ewert did not return to the game and Ignace got 5 and a game for check from behind.

Sweet again stood tall through the 4:43 power play time to start the third.

In all this we can’t downplay the play of Cougars goal tender Owen Sikkes. Sikkes, who hails from Smithers, B.C., recently joined the Cougars from the Beaver Valley Nighthawks of the KIJHL.  Owen didn’t have as many shots on goal but made at least 3 outstanding saves that would normally have been a goal to backstop his team to the win.  He made 18 saves for his first shutout as a Cougar.

The Cougars top line of Mateo Albinati, Booker Chacalias and Tyler Vanuden were dangerous and buzzing every time they took the ice. In my opinion this is the top line in the VIJHL.  Keep an eye on these guys in the games to come.

In the end it was Sikkes and Sweet who would receive the Player of the Game award for their respective teams.

Not much scoring but an extremely exciting game!

Well done, both teams.


Next game for the Cougars is Thursday October 25th at the Arch vs the surging Peninsula Panthers.

See you there!

-Tom Arlidge

Posted in Latest News

Cougars hang on for their 10th win of the season!

The Cougars played at home last night for the first time on a Friday night and hung on to beat the Kerry Park Islanders 4-3.

Booker Chacalias was a welcome addition after missing 3 games with an injury.  Booker ended up with a goal and 2 assists and was the Cougars player of the game.

The game start was not on the script that the Cougars Coaching staff would have written.  Right off the opening faceoff the Islanders took the puck into the Cougars zone and Isaak Leik deposited the puck behind Cougars starter Cam Stevenson unassisted at 16 seconds.  Both teams traded chances and neither looked particularly in sync during the rest of the first period.  Shots ended 13-11 in favour of the Islanders.

The second period belonged to the Cougars who scored 3 goals and outshot the visitors 14-6.  Chacalias scored at 6:34 in the PP with assists to Tyler Vanuden (his first of what will be many since returning Thursday) and Kevan McBean.  League leader Matteo Albinati gave the Cougars the lead at 15:14 on a beautiful tic tac toe passing play from Vanuden and Chacalias.  Then at 19:39 Jaden McNulty added to the lead firing the puck past Islanders goalie Charles-Oliver LePage from Matthew Berryman and Cole Ford.

The third saw the Cougars open a 3 goal lead at 7:20 when Marshall Brown who now sits at the #2 spot in league scoring twinkled the twine on a goal from Jack Hanrahan and Chacalias.


The Cougars looked to be skating to an easy victory but somebody forgot to tell the Islander that.  At 10:18 Evan Easton took a hard wrister from the left faceoff circle to beat Stevenson and bring the Islanders to within 2.  Assists were to Tanner Tiel and Brandon McClintick.  Then just 50 seconds later it was Cole Amado sliding the puck under Stevenson from Jakob Calnan and Logan Furkalo.  The Islanders continued to press for the equalizer including pulling LePage for the final 41 seconds but the Cougars hung on for the win.  Shots in the third were 12-8 Cougars.

Both teams had breakaways in the game but were denied by superb goaltending at both ends.

Stars of the game were Charles-Oliver Lepage for the Islanders and Booker Chacalias for the Cougars.

In other games last night both Westshore and Peninsula helped out the Cougars by defeating clubs that are ahead of them in the standings.

At Pearkes arena in Saanich the visiting Wolves defeated the Saanich Braves 7-4 and out at the Panarama Leisure Centre the  Peninsula Panthers defeated the visiting Campbell River Storm 3-1.  There is definitely parity in the league this year.  You have to put in a solid effort against all teams.  Great to see.

Tonight the Cougars have their annual Pub Night Fundraiser at 7PM in the Curling Lounge at the Archie Browning Arena.  Lots of great Silent Auction items in time for some early Xmas shopping.

Next home game is Sunday at 3:30 at the Arch vs the Oceanside Generals.  See you there!

– Tom Arlidge –

Posted in Latest News

Cougars win on Victoria Minor Hockey Night

It was Victoria Minor Hockey Night at the Arch Thursday and the Cougars didn’t disappoint the Minor Hockey players in attendance by beating the visiting Comox Glacier Kings 4-1.

Both teams looked pretty tentative in the start of the first period.  The Cougars took the lead at 13:07 of the first on a goal from league leader Mateo Albinati, assisted by Ryan Okino and Marshall Brown.  Play went back and forth until 14:25 when Finn Withey took a feed from Jerzy Gus in the slot and scored top shelf on Cougars starter Owen Sikkes.  Sikkes just joined the Cougars from the Beaver Valley NIghthawks and was playing his first game as a Cougar.  After that goal the Cougars took over and dominated until19:30 when Matt Clark out waited Comox starter Matthias Smith to take the lead for the Cougars.  The Glacier Kings poured on the pressure for the final 30 seconds to no avail.

In the intermission the Cougars all signed autographs for the numerous Minor Hockey players in attendance and I don’t know what the kids said but the Cougars came out flying in the 2nd.

The Cougars got second period goals at 11:28 from Jack Hanrahan with a point shot that went off the top of Smiths glove and in from Nathan Ingram and Brown and then at 18:11 Brown made a nice deke to beat Smith from Bryce Irwin and Nathan Ingram.  In the third the Glacier Kings pushed back but Sikkes held them off the score sheet.  Shots were 47-21 in favour of the Cougars.

The Cougars had a 2nd and a 3rd period goal disallowed.  The 3rd period goal much to the chagrin of Tyler Vanuden who was playing his first game back with the Cougars after a long stint with the Port Alberni Bulldogs of the BCHL.  Vanuden was buzzing all night only to be denied.  We all know that Tyler won’t be held off the score sheet for long.

Game stars were Matthias Smith for Comox and Marshall Brown for the Cougars

Next game is at home tomorrow night back at the Arch against the visiting Kerry Park Islanders.  Puck drop is 7 pm.

Posted in Latest News

Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars Sept 30

The Campbell River Storm come to town for the second time on Sunday September 30 at 3:30. These two VIJHL teams always provide high paced enjoyable games. Victoria Cougar Mateo Albinati leads the league in scoring with 5 goals and 9 assists in 6 games. Campbell River is tied with Nanaimo for most points after 7 games with a record of 5 wins and 2 losses.

Remember this game is ” Buy $5 worth of 50/50 tickets and get in for $5

Upcoming event of note on October 20 is the Cougars 16th annual Pub Night in the Curling Club Lounge. Music, games, social times,  and auction to be enjoyed

Posted in Latest News