Game Reports


ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Medicine Hat Tigers fans should start getting excited about Jalen Price.

Selected in the third round of the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, the 16-year-old wonder kid scored three goals as the Campbell River Storm extended its unbeaten streak to ten games following a 6-1 win over the Victoria Cougars on Sunday afternoon.

Price continued his torrid pace by recording his 9th, 10th, and 11th goals to give him 23 points in 21 games.

The Cougars, who were outshot 41-16, gave a herculean effort in the final 20 minutes but it was not enough to overcome period deficits of 2-0 and 4-0.

Just eight seconds in, Patrick Ostermann got caught behind his net as the puck took an awkward bounce off a stanchion and ended up on the stick of Price for an easy goal.

Then on the power play and on a delayed penalty, Jonathan Lee finished off a nifty give-and-go with Dylan McCann; this all coming with 47.3 seconds remaining in the period.

Zefan Pighin, who lit the lamp in Friday night’s come-from-behind win over the Saanich Braves, nearly scored again but his second period wrist shot rang off the iron.

At 9:27, Price took a centering pass from Brett Kinley and snapped the puck over the outstretched reach of Ostermann to make it 3-0.

Campbell River padded its lead when Reid Wheeldon was left alone in the slot and beat Ostermann with a wrist shot for his first goal of the season at 13:29.

Carl Ewert came close to breaking up the play but the centering pass from Kinley deflected off the shaft of the Cougars defenseman and out to Wheeldon.

The Cougars managed only three shots on goal that period.

One of those shots came from Foster Martin who was robbed of a goal by Spencer Deakin.  Showing why he is the best goaltender in the VIJHL, Deakin made his best save of the season after he slid across the crease to get his right pad on the puck.

Mateo Albinati did a good job by getting the puck through traffic to Martin.

Victoria was finally able to beat Deakin at 9:13 of the third period, thanks to a shorthanded goal from Alexander Benger.  From the point, Benger unloaded a slap shot for his seventh goal of the season.

Darren Hards made it 5-1 after his shot from the slot sailed over the right shoulder of Ostermann at 12:22.  Then at 17:59, Price completed the hat-trick when his sharp angle shot twinkled the twine.

The Cougars, who dressed only 14 skaters which included Rowan Miller, a callup from the South Island Royals, went 0-for-5 with the man advantage and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.

16-year-old defenseman Cody Savey, a Seattle Thunderbirds prospect, missed his second straight game for the Storm.

Next game for Victoria is Thursday, November 23 versus the Saanich Braves.  Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.



1st star, Jalen Price (Goals:  3, Assists:  0)

2nd star, Reid Wheeldon (Goals:  1, Assists:  1)

3rd star, Alexander Benger (Goals:  1, Assists:  0)



SAANICH, B.C. – Akila Sato-Gaudreau scored with 32.4 seconds left in regulation as the Victoria Cougars beat the Saanich Braves 6-5 on Friday night.

Victoria battled back from a pair of two goal deficits for the win.

With the faceoff to the right of Braves goaltender Riley Mathieson, Sato-Gaudreau lassoed the puck out of a scrum and from inside the circle he picked the top corner of the net with a wicked wrist shot.

Also scoring for the Cougars were Darwin Lakoduk (2), Zefan Pighin, Alexander Benger, and Landon Kitchen.

Patrick Ostermann got the start in net but was pulled at the 5:31 mark of the opening period after allowing three goals on six shots.  In a bold move by head coach Suneil Karod, Ostermann was put back in between the pipes to begin the second period and went on to stop 21 of 23 shots.

Moments before the Sato-Gaudreau goal, Ostermann flat out robbed Gavin Grewal who was left alone at the top of the crease.

Saanich got its goals from Dale McCabe, Jordan Strandlund, Hayden Visscher, and Grewal (2).

After shutting out the powerhouse Nanaimo Buccaneers in his last game, Mathieson turned in a 33 save performance.

Victoria went 0-for-6 with the man advantage.  The Braves finished 2-for-4.

Nate Reinhart stopped all five shots in relief.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL:  Peninsula Panthers 5, Kerry Park Islanders 4 (OT).  Campbell River Storm 6, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 3.

Next game for the Cougars is Sunday, November 19 versus the Campbell River Storm.  Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:30 p.m.



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2nd star, Unavailable

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ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Foster Martin had two goals and an assist against his former team as the Victoria Cougars doubled up on the Oceanside Generals  6-3 on Thursday night.

The win allows Victoria to remain nine points behind the South Island Division leading Westshore Wolves who tonight won their game.

Martin, who was dealt to Victoria in exchange for future considerations, has eight points in 16 games since changing uniform colours in early September.

The Cougars enjoyed period leads of 2-1 and 5-2.

Martin scored his first of two goals at 1:42 of the opening frame when he pounced on a Zefan Pighin rebound and beating Aaron Jakubowski.  Just prior to the goal, Liam Kinshella was able to feed Pighin the puck before getting flatted by Trae St. Pierre at centre ice.

Oceanside tied the game on a goal by Brady Kay.  Streaking down the right side, William Norman fed an aerial centering pass to Kay who deflected the puck over the right shoulder of Nate Reinhart at 12:38.

Reinhart, who was acquired yesterday, made his first start for the Cougars after beginning the season with the Campbell River Storm.

Victoria took the lead at 14:35 when Akila Sato-Gaudreau wheeled out from behind the net and ripped a wrist shot that was too hot to handle.

A delay of game penalty plus a two-minute minor for hooking to Matthew Sparrow put the Generals on a two-man advantage early in the second period.

59 seconds in, Landon Dziadyk redirected a Logan Archer point shot to tie the game.

The Cougars regained the lead on a power play at 4:16 when Wade walked out front untouched and slid the puck past Jakubowski for his seventh goal of the season.

Martin would score again, this time on an easy tap in at 7:22.  Watching the proceedings from the sin bin was Koby Adams-Loitz who had all but 20 seconds expired in his tripping penalty.

Victoria went ahead 5-2 at 12:47 when Lakoduk scooped up a loose puck in the crease and fired it home.

There would be no scoring until the 12:36 mark of the third period.  With Ethan Trampuh off for unsportsmanlike conduct, Andre Sutter cut into the lead 12 seconds later on a shorthanded breakaway.

On the play, Reinhart was shaken up after Sato-Gaudreau inadvertently ran him over.  After getting attended to by trainer Jordan Brucks, Reinhart was medically cleared to resume activity.

Reinhart, who attended the Victoria Royals camp last season, was in the mix for the backup job only to lose out to Dylan Myskiw.

A shorthanded, empty net goal by Mateo Albinati with 42.9 seconds remaining in regulation would prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the Generals.

Reinhart stopped 20 shots; meanwhile, Jakubowski made 31 saves.

The Cougars went 2-for-6 with the man advantage.  Oceanside finished 1-for-7.

With a slew of injuries and a suspension to Dylan Defosse, Suneil Karod was forced to ice only 14 skaters and two goaltenders.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Cameron Coutre scored at 2:16 of second overtime to lead the Westshore Wolves to a 4-3 win over the Nanaimo Buccaneers in front of 225 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Next game for Victoria is Friday, November 17 versus the Saanich Braves.  Game time at G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre, located at 3100 Tillicum Road, is 6:30 p.m.



1st star, Darwin Lakoduk (Goals:  1, Assists:  3)

2nd star, Foster Martin (Goals:  2, Assists:  1)

3rd star, Liam Kinshella (Goals:  0, Assists:  1)



ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Liam Tupper made 35 saves and Trevor Bottomley scored twice to help the Westshore Wolves to a 5-2 win over the Victoria Cougars on Sunday afternoon.

Also scoring for Westshore were Keegan Durrance, Keiran Cardinal, and Brandon Tutte.

Victoria missed a chance to close the gap on the Wolves who now lead the South Island Division with 25 points.  Although the Cougars sit in sole possession of third place with 18 points, they do have four games in hand on Westshore.

Kyle Wade scored both goals for Victoria who surrendered three goals on eight Wolves power play opportunities.

Victoria dictated the pace in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting Westshore 17-6.

But it would be Bottomley who would open the scoring on the power play at 5:52 of the second period.  Walking out of the corner, Bottomley fired a wrist shot over the catching glove of Patrick Ostermann from the inner hash mark of the right faceoff circle.

Left all alone in the slot, Durrance made it 2-0 at 9:21 after taking a cross-ice pass from Blake Breyer and beating Ostermann glove side.

Victoria cut the lead in half on the power play.  From the bottom of the left faceoff circle, Wade one-timed the puck past Tupper at the 13 minute mark.

Two minutes after the goal, Dylan Defosse was handed an automatic game misconduct for a match penalty he received for an attempt to injure.

Cardinal, on the power play, restored the Wolves two-goal lead with 36 seconds remaining in the period when he sidestepped an Ostermann poke check and slid the puck past the goal line.

Westshore increased its lead 33 seconds into the third period when a bad bounce off the end boards went past Ostermann and onto the stick of Tutte who had an empty net to shoot at.

The Cougars cut the lead in half again, this time at the 4:11 mark.  From the point, Darwin Lakoduk put a shot on goal that was tipped in by Wade.

A late penalty allowed the Wolves another opportunity to pad their lead.  Pinching in from the point, Bottomley scored on a one-timer set up by a cross-ice pass by Tutte with 62 seconds remaining in regulation.

Ostermann finished the game with 24 saves.

Victoria went 1-for-7 with the man advantage.

Suneil Karod dressed only 15 skaters.  And because of the manpower situation, several players have been forced into double-shifting.

The Cougars have now lost two games in a row.

In Campbell River, Pearce Messer had a goal and two assists to lead the hometown Storm past the Peninsula Panthers 9-2 in front of 862 at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena.

Next game for Victoria is Thursday, November 16 versus the Oceanside Generals.  Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.



1st star, Cameron Coutre (Goals:  0, Assists:  2)

2nd star, Kyle Wade (Goals:  2, Assists:  0)

3rd star, Chase O’Keefe (Goals:  0, Assists:  2)