Game Reports

COUGARS WIN ANDY HEBENTON TROPHY

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Jordan Passmore scored the game winning goal as the Victoria Cougars beat the Campbell River Storm 3-2 in front of 1,121 at Rod Brind’Amour Arena on Friday.

On the counter attack, Kenny Britton dropped the puck back to Passmore who one-timed a slap shot that ricocheted off of Campbell River defenseman Ben Raffler and past starting net minder Chase Anderson with only 88 seconds remaining in regulation.

Picking up the second assist was Tyler Pang.

The Cougars finish the regular season with a league-high 75 points and are guaranteed home ice advantage throughout the entirety of the VIJHL playoffs.

Grayden Hohl and Britton also scored for Victoria (35-8-0-5).

The game remained scoreless until the 13:34 mark of the first period when Britton went short side on Anderson.

A second period power play goal from Raffler at 5:43 tied the game but the Cougars went into the second intermission leading 2-1 on a Hohl goal at 18:37.

The Storm added another power play goal, this time from Kobe Oishi at 14:30 of the third period.

Passmore would later give Victoria its seventh consecutive Andy Hebenton Trophy as regular-season VIJHL champions and ninth win in a row with his 13th goal of the season.

Campbell River (34-12-0-0) wraps up its regular season on Monday.

Shots on goal favoured the Storm 38-19.

The Cougars went 0-for-5 with the man advantage; meanwhile, Campbell River finished 2-for-8.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL:  Peninsula Panthers 3, Westshore Wolves 2.  Saanich Braves 4, Nanaimo Buccaneers 2.

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

 

BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:

1st star, Jordan Passmore (Goals:  1, Assists:  2)

2nd star, Ben Raffler (Goals:  1, Assists:  0)

3rd star, Anthony Ciurro (Saves:  36, Save Percentage:  .947)

COUGARS STUN GLACIER KINGS, WIN IN OVERTIME

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars avoided getting swept by the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on Thursday night.

Tyler Pang scored at 2:55 of overtime to lift Victoria to a 4-3 come-from-behind win at the Archie Browning Sports Centre.

Playing four aside, Pang wired the puck off the far post and in past a stunned Marcus Gloss for his seventh goal of the season.

Not only did the Cougars win their eighth game in a row, it kept the hopes of finishing first overall in the VIJHL standings alive.

A loss would have been devastating for Victoria who moved five points up on the idle Campbell River Storm.   A win against Campbell River Friday night will give Suneil Karod and his troops their seventh straight Andy Hebenton Trophy (awarded to the team that finishes the regular season with the most points).

Coming into the game, Comox Valley had been 3-0-0-0 against the Cougars this season, winning by a combined score of 16-8.

Victoria trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes before scoring two third period goals to tie the game.

Grayden Hohl made it 3-2 with a power play marker at 8:04.  Then with 8.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Hohl tied the game with his 31st goal of the season.

The Glacier Kings opened the scoring on the power play at 8:21 of the second period when a shot from Derek Smith from the slot handcuffed Liam McCloskey.

Cole Hutzkal of the Cougars was ejected from the game less than five minutes later after picking up a five-minute major for kneeing Aidan Bate-Smith.

Both players were injured on the play with Bate-Smith, who was favouring his left knee, receiving the worst of the collision.

On the ensuing power play, Willie Daigneault gave Comox Valley a 2-0 lead after redirecting home a Marcelo Pericao point shot.

Branden Tangney cut the deficit in half with 55.8 seconds remaining in the period.

The Glacier Kings regained their two goal advantage 39 seconds later.

Shots on goal favoured Victoria 2-1 in overtime and 44-30 overall.

The Cougars went 1-for-4 on the power play; meanwhile, Comox Valley finished 2-for-5.

Owen Dalman, Dom Kolbeins, Tyler Vanuden, Hohl, and Pang had two points each for Victoria as did Pericao of the Glacier Kings.

The Cougars will open the VIJHL playoffs at home against the Westshore Wolves on Thursday, February 23.  Games 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 will be announced once it becomes available.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Dawson Heathcote scored twice and Cedric LeSieur stopped 22 shots as the Nanaimo Buccaneers doubled up on the Oceanside Generals 4-2 in front of 260 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Next game for Victoria is Friday, February 17 versus the Campbell River Storm.  Game time at Rod Brind’Amour Arena, located at 225 South Dogwood Street, is 7:30 p.m.

 

BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:

1st star, Grayden Hohl (Goals:  2, Assists:  0)

2nd star, Marcus Gloss (Saves:  40, Save Percentage:  .909)

3rd star, Tyler Pang (Goals:  1, Assists:  1)

CIURRO BRILLIANT IN COUGARS VICTORY

SAANICH, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars downed the Saanich Braves 5-3 on Friday night.

Nick Gomerich, Dom Kolbeins, Akila Sato-Gaudreau, Grayden Hohl, and Kenny Britton scored for Victoria who ran its winning streak to seven games.

The win moves the Cougars five points ahead of the Campbell River Storm for first place overall in the VIJHL standings.

Campbell River has three games in hand, however.

Scoring for the Braves were Nick Guerra, Scott Henderson, and Kelowna Rockets prospect Ted Brennan.

Victoria led 1-0 after one period and 4-1 after two.

Guerra, who finished with a goal and an assist, leads the VIJHL in points with 76.

Saanich pressed hard in the third period, outshooting the Cougars 19-8 but Anthony Ciurro withstood the onslaught.  The native of Peoria, Arizona ended up with 37 saves.

Riley Mathieson turned aside 26 shots in a losing cause.

Each team scored twice on six power play opportunities.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL:  Nanaimo Buccaneers 3, Peninsula Panthers 1.  Comox Valley Glacier Kings 4, Oceanside Generals 3 (2OT).

Next game for Victoria is Thursday, February 16 versus the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.  Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.

 

BAYVEIW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:

1st star, Not Announced

2nd star, Not Announced

3rd star, Not Announced

WOLVES HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Nick Gomerich scored the game winner, Tyler Pang added the insurance marker, and the Victoria Cougars escaped with a 4-2 win over the Westshore Wolves on Thursday night.

Westshore, which gave up three unanswered third period goals, was headed towards a victory but it all unravelled after they kept taking unnecessary penalties.

In the end, the Cougars scored on two of their ten power play opportunities in the contest.

Four seconds after James Scott tied the game at 2-2, Cory Hatcher was penalized for cross-checking Akila Sato-Gaudreau off the ensuing faceoff.

Jackson Penny, who was yelling at the referees all game, received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to put the Wolves two men down.

Victoria immediately took its 30-second timeout to discuss strategy.

Gomerich, who was positioned in the slot during the two-man advantage, ripped the puck past Jordan Spandli after taking a great pass from Grayden Hohl at 8:50.

After the goal, Jake Calnan of Westshore received a game misconduct.

Pang put the icing on the cake just under two minutes later.  After his shot went off the glove of Spandli, the puck bounced off the end glass and back out front to Pang who buried his sixth goal of the season.

After the goal, Nick Polomark was assessed an automatic ten-minute misconduct for checking Pang to the head.

In keeping pace with the league-leading Campbell River Storm, Suneil Karod and his troops got a much-needed two points.

The win moves Victoria three points up on the Storm whose game against the Nanaimo Buccaneers was cancelled due to severe weather conditions.

Campbell River has two games in hand, however.

Hatcher opened the scoring at 4:59 with the only goal of the first period.  After taking a Cam Coutre pass off his skate, Hatcher sped into the Cougars zone and wired a wrist shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle that beat Liam McCloskey short side.

Coutre had his night end prematurely near the end of the period when he checked Scott into the end boards from behind.

The Cougars tied the game with a power play goal from Hohl at 3:44 of the middle frame.  Ten seconds into the man advantage, Dom Kolbeins fed a pass through the crease to Hohl who fired the puck over the outstretched pad of Spandli.

Shortly thereafter, Sato-Gaudreau was awarded a penalty shot after he was hauled down from behind by Calnan.

Mano-a-Mano, Sato-Gaudreau rifled the puck high and wide.

Westshore regained the lead and took a one goal lead into second intermission after Zach Benson picked the top corner of the net at 11:50.  Collecting his second assist of the game was Michael Jensen.

It remained 2-1 in favour of the Wolves until Scott tied the game at 8:04 of the third period.  The trio of Kaelen Anderson, Liam Kinshella, and Scott combined for a beautiful passing play that was capped off by a nice finish by Scott.

The Cougars outshot Westshore 41-25.

Spandli, who was named the game’s third star, was simply sensational in between the pipes.

Next game for Victoria is Friday, February 10 versus the Saanich Braves.  Game time at Pearkes Recreation Centre, located at 3198 Arena Road, is 6:30 p.m.

 

BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:

1st star, Tyler Pang (Goals:  1, Assists:  0)

2nd star, James Scott (Goals:  1, Assists:  0)

3rd star, Jordan Spandli (Saves:  37, Save Percentage:  .902)