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COUGARS SPRING CAMP 2017

Victoria Cougars 2017 Spring Camp

***** GOALIES – PLEASE NOTE *****
All goalie spaces are now filled.
Any further registrations will be placed on the waiting list.

Click here for registration form

The Victoria Cougars are pleased to announce the dates for their 5th annual “Spring Camp”.  This camp is a great chance for players and parents to gain exposure to Junior hockey and the Cougars program.  In addition it will provide an opportunity to meet the Cougars’ coaching staff and several of the club’s Directors.

 

A number of this season’s players will be moving to Jr. A, WHL, or College, leaving many roster spots open for next season. Our club anticipates needing to replace over half our roster for the 2017/2018 season.

 

Players from this camp will be considered for our 2017-18 team. In addition we will be identifying players we may affiliate with our club for next season.

 

Cost for this camp is $180.

 

Spots at Spring Camp will not be guaranteed without receipt of payment.

 

If you are serious about being a part of the Cougars organization you should attend this camp.

 

The camp will open the evening of Friday May 5th, 2017 at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre.

Below is the tentative schedule for this year’s camp. Further information will be provided at check-in:

Friday May 5                      7:30pm                                 Player check-in and assignment to team

8:00pm to 9:45pm            On-ice sessions

 

Saturday May 6                 10:45am to 1:45pm          On-ice sessions

4:30pm to 7:30pm            On-ice sessions

 

Sunday May 7                              8:30am to 11:30am          On-ice sessions

Noon                                     Player exit interviews with the coaching staff

 

More specific camp information will be supplied to the registrants at the player check-in prior to the start of camp.

 

For directions to the Oak Bay Recreation Centre please visit

https://www.oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/facilities-rentals/recreation-centres/oak-bay-recreation-centre

***** GOALIES – PLEASE NOTE *****
All goalie spaces are now filled.
Any further registrations will be placed on the waiting list.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR GOALIES:  To ensure sufficient playing time we are restricting the number of GOALIE participants to 6.

 

Refunds:

No refunds will be payable to any player who drops out, or cancels for any reason except major injury after the start of camp. Players who withdraw prior to the start of camp will be assessed a $50 administration fee from any refund payable.

Click here for registration form

SPACES ARE LIMITED SO YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER EARLY

GAME DAY: VS. CAMPBELL RIVER STORM

The Victoria Cougars visit the Campbell River Storm in Game 2 tonight.

Game time at Rod Brind’Amour Arena, located at 225 South Dogwood Street, is 7:30 p.m.

Campbell River leads the best-of-seven VIJHL Championship Series 1-0.

 

STORM SET FOR MATINEE BATTLE WITH COUGARS

Game 6 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Championship Series between the Campbell River Storm and Victoria Cougars has now been confirmed.

Unknown at the time when the schedule was announced, Game 6 will be take place at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River on Saturday, April 1.  Puck drop is 2:00 p.m.

 

GAME 1:  Thursday, March 23, 2017

Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

7:00 p.m.

 

GAME 2:  Friday, March 24, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Campbell River Storm

Rod Brind’Amour Arena

7:30 p.m.

 

GAME 3:  Sunday, March 26, 2017

Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

3:30 p.m.

 

GAME 4:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Campbell River Storm

Rod Brind’Amour Arena

7:30 p.m.

 

GAME 5 (if necessary):  Thursday, March 30, 2017

Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

7:00 p.m.

 

GAME 6 (if necessary):  Saturday, April 1, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Campbell River Storm

Rod Brind’Amour Arena

2:00 p.m.

 

GAME 7 (if necessary):  Sunday, April 2, 2017

Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

3:30 p.m.

 

 

Archie Browning Sports Centre:  1151 Esquimalt Road; Victoria, British Columbia; V9A 3N6

 

Rod Brind’Amour Arena:  225 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River, British Columbia; V9W 8C8

 

BRENT PATTERSON MEMORIAL TROPHY ON THE LINE

As expected, the North Island Division champion Campbell River Storm will square off against the South Island Division champion Victoria Cougars in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Championship Series.

The best-of-7 series begins Thursday, March 23 in Victoria.

One of these teams will earn a berth at the Cyclone Taylor Cup, hosted this year by the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Campbell River stormed into the VIJHL Championship Series after knocking off the Nanaimo Buccaneers in five games.  Meanwhile, it took the Cougars the same amount of games to oust the Kerry Park Islanders.

This showdown is a rematch of the 2016 VIJHL Championship Series, won by Victoria in six games and the 2015 VIJHL Championship Series, won by the Storm in four games.

The Cougars went 3-1-0-0 in four head-to-head meetings with Campbell River this season.  After dropping a 3-0 decision back in September, Victoria went on to win three straight by scores of 4-2, 5-2, and 3-2.

That 3-2 win on February 17 helped the Cougars secure the No. 1 seed and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Victoria ended the regular season with 35 wins and 75 points.  Not far behind was the Storm who won 34 games and collected 70 points.

Both teams are incredibly deep across the board.  Ranked 1-2 the entire season in virtually every statistical category, both teams possess high-powered offenses, stifling defenses, and strong goaltending.

Campbell River cleaned up at the VIJHL Awards Ceremony.  Josh Harvey got to co-share the Jack Kingston Memorial Trophy with Joe Gage of the Westshore Wolves for Top Defenseman.  Kobe Oishi was awarded the Walt McWiliams Memorial Trophy for Unsung Hero.  Chris Smith was awarded the Ray’s Sports Centre Trophy for Top Goaltender.  And Mark Berry was named Top Broadcaster.

Both teams were also fantastic on their respective home soil.  Victoria was 19-4-0-1 at the Archie Browning Sports Centre while the Storm went 19-5-0-0 at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena.

This series promises to be a barn burner.

Elsewhere around the Junior B circuit…

The Aldergrove Kodiaks has a 2-0 series lead on the Delta Ice Hawks in the Pacific Junior Hockey League Championship Series.  Game 3 of their best-of-7 series goes Tuesday at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

In the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League semi-finals, the best-of-5 series between the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Kimberley Dynamiters is tied at 1-1 while the Osoyoos Coyotes has a 2-0 series lead on the Chase Heat.  Both series resumes Tuesday.

The Cyclone Taylor Cup runs April 6-9.

 

 

 

HOW THEY GOT HERE:  Victoria – Eliminated Westshore Wolves 4-2.  Eliminated Kerry Park Islanders 4-1.  Campbell River – Eliminated Peninsula Panthers 4-0.  Eliminated Nanaimo Buccaneers 4-1.

 

OFFENSE:  Victoria – 3.82 goals for per game.  Campbell River – 6.22 goals for per game

 

DEFENSE:  Victoria – 2.73 goals against per game.  Campbell River – 2.89 goals against per game

 

TEAM LEADERS:  Victoria – Tyler Vanuden, Dom Kolbeins, 8 goals; Grayden Hohl, 11 assists; Tyler Vanuden, 18 points; Owen Dalman, 32 penalty minutes.  Campbell River – Carter Hikichi, 6 goals; Darren Hards, 10 assists; Darren Hards, 15 points; Ben Raffler, 31 penalty minutes

 

GOALTENDERS:  Victoria – Anthony Ciurro (2.26 goals against average, .935 save percentage); Liam McCloskey (4.52 goals against average, .864 save percentage).  Campbell River – Chris Smith (2.54 goals against average, .892 save percentage); Spencer Deakin (2.98 goals against average, .864 save percentage)

 

POWER PLAY:  Victoria, 19-for-72, 26.39 percent.  Campbell River, 11-for-57, 19.30 percent

 

PENALTY KILL:  Victoria, 56-for-65, 86.15 percent.  Campbell River, 37-for-49, 75.51 percent

 

SCHEDULE:

March 23, 2017.  Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars

March 24, 2017.  Victoria Cougars @ Campbell River Storm

March 26, 2017.  Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars

March 28, 2017.  Victoria Cougars @ Campbell River Storm

March 30, 2017 (if necessary).  Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars

March 31, 2017 OR April 1 (if necessary).  Victoria Cougars @ Campbell River Storm

April 2, 2017 (if necessary).  Campbell River Storm @ Victoria Cougars

 

HOME RECORDS:  Victoria, 5-0-0-1.  Campbell River, 5-0-0-0

 

AWAY RECORDS:  Victoria, 3-2-0-0.  Campbell River, 3-0-0-1

 

STREAKS:  Victoria, W3.  Campbell River, W1

 

LAST TEN:  Victoria, 7-2-0-1.  Campbell River, 8-0-0-1