Game Reports

COUGARS FINISH REGULAR SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE

COURTENAY, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars ended their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League regular season with a 7-2 win over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on Saturday.

Jaden McNulty led the attack with a natural hat trick and an assist.

Victoria will now prepare for the postseason against the Westshore Wolves.

After a scoreless first period, Jacob Murray got Comox Valley on the board at 1:34 of the second period.  One of five affiliate players in the Glacier Kings lineup, Murray’s goal was scored off an odd-man rush.

McNulty tied the game at 3:55 when his wrist shot from just inside the blue line sailed over the right shoulder of Braedyn Funke.

The Cougars (24-21-2-1) took the lead when McNulty converted a Liam Kinshella rebound into a goal at 7:11.

McNulty completed the natural hat trick at 12:40 after he took a centering pass from Matthew Berryman and twinkled the twine with a well-placed backhander.

Comox Valley (4-43-0-1), losers of its last 16 games, pulled to within a goal at 4:15 of the third period.  Jacob Kruse lit the lamp when his shot from the high slot fooled Patrick Ostermann.

With Scott Arbuckle off for roughing at 8:12, Darwin Lakoduk skated out of the corner and slid the puck home for his 20th goal of the season.

Victoria finished 1-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Alexander Benger opened the floodgates with a shorthanded goal at 11:56.  For Benger, that goal was his 13th of the season – a league high amongst all defensemen.

Then a backhand pass from McNulty at 17:03 resulted in a Sean Patten goal.

Matthew Sparrow added insult to injury with 58 seconds left in the game.

Shots on goal favoured the Cougars 53-21 which included outshooting Comox Valley 15-1 in the first period alone.

Akila Sato-Gaudreau and Berryman each chipped in with three assists for Victoria.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL:  Westshore Wolves 5, Kerry Park Islanders 4 (2OT).  Nanaimo Buccaneers 5, Oceanside Generals 2.

 

BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:

Victoria:  Jaden McNulty (Goals:  3, Assists:  1)

Comox Valley:  Braedyn Funke (Saves:  46, Save Percentage:  .868)

 

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK FOR COUGARS

COLWOOD, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars had the chance to win their second game in a row at The Q Centre on Wednesday.

Instead, Victoria dropped a 4-2 decision to the Westshore Wolves.

Both the Cougars and Westshore were deadlocked at two goals apiece before Benjamin Duffin, with his second marker of the game, gave the Wolves the lead for good.

Cameron Coutre put the finishing touches on a well-played game late in regulation after scoring his league-leading 30th goal of the season.

Replying in a losing cause was Shane Kime and Matthew Berryman.

With the regular season scheduled to end this weekend, the South Island Division is still a jumbled mess with three teams separated by only two points.

If the playoffs were to begin today, Victoria would play Westshore while the Kerry Park Islanders would face the division-winning Saanich Braves.

Also scoring for the Wolves, who won their fourth game in a row, was Brandon Tutte.

Westshore outshot the Cougars 33-24.

Both teams finished 0-for-11 on the power play.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Gavin Grewal had two goals and two assists to lead the Saanich Braves over the Peninsula Panthers 7-5.

Victoria concludes the regular season on Saturday, February 17 against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.  Game time at Comox Valley Sports Centre, located at 3001 Vanier Drive, is 7:30 p.m.

 

BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:

Victoria:  Jaden McNulty (Goals:  0, Assists:  2)

Westshore:  Benjamin Duffin (Goals:  2, Assists:  0)

 

COUGARS PULL OFF A WILD COMEBACK

NORTH SAANICH, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars erased a two-goal first period deficit to down the Peninsula Panthers 4-2 on Family Day.

Mateo Albinati, Jaden McNulty, and Foster Martin each scored in the middle frame while Zefan Pighin notched an insurance goal with 12 minutes left in regulation.

For the 1999-born Albinati, who was celebrating his 19th birthday, it was his team-leading 21st goal of the season.

The Cougars again received outstanding goaltending from Patrick Ostermann who turned aside 22 shots.

With the win, Victoria improves to 23-20-2-1.

Logan Speirs and Brendan Martin replied for the Panthers.  Tagged with the loss was Connor McKillop who made 18 saves.

It was a spirited affair.

Peninsula finished 1-for-9 on the power play; meanwhile, the Cougars went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Matt Ubriaco had a goal and an assist to lead the Campbell River Storm to a 3-1 win over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

Next game for Victoria is Wednesday, February 14 versus the Westshore Wolves.  Game time at The Q Centre, located at 1767 Island Highway, is 7:00 p.m.

 

BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:

Victoria:  Connor McClelland (Goals:  0, Assists:  0)

Peninsula:  Brendan Martin (Goals:  1, Assists:  0)

 

COUGARS GET CAUGHT IN A STORM

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Pearce Messer had one goal and two assists to help the Campbell River Storm beat the Victoria Cougars 5-1 on Friday night.

The game was played before 762 fans at Rod Brind’Amour Arena.

Also scoring for Campbell River were Mitch Stapley, Kyle Kaufmann, Brett Kinley, and Jalen Price.

In net for the Storm was Liam Murphy who turned aside 33 shots.

Campbell River enjoyed period leads of 1-0 and 3-0.

Mateo Albinati replied for the Cougars while Patrick Ostermann and Nate Reinhart combined for 28 saves.

Next game for Victoria is Monday, February 12 versus the Peninsula Panthers.  Game time at Panorama Recreation Centre, located at 1885 Forest Park Drive, is 1:00 p.m.

 

BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:

Victoria:  Mateo Albinati (Goals:  1, Assists:  0)

Campbell River:  Pearce Messer (Goals:  1, Assists:  2)