COMMUNITY STORIES

Mourning the Passing of Bobby McKenzie

On July 3rd, Bobby McKenzie, a player from the Port Alberni Bombers tragically passed away.

The Port Alberni Bombers Captain, Kai Verbrugge, remembers Bobby as “a great teammate and even better human.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and teammates.

Read the article from the Bombers here

Cougars Visit Peninsula, Celebrate Grant Gilbertson

Earlier in the week the local hockey world lost one of our own. Peninsula Panthers forward, Grant Gilbertson, passed away on Monday after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. You can read the story on the Panthers site HERE. On Friday night the Panthers held a ceremony prior to the contest with words from those closest to Grant. The game followed afterwards in-front of a max capacity crowd.

Cougars Support the Rainbow Kitchen

For our last 5 games of the year the Cougars are collecting non perishable food or cash donations for the Rainbow Kitchen. A box will be put out for collection and cash donations will be accepted at the merchandise table.

Come down, enjoy a hockey game and support a long running, local community resource

Dates of collection are Dec 7, Dec 10, Dec 15, Dec 17 and Dec 21.

For more information on the programs provided by the Rainbow kitchen, please follow the link to their website.

Rainbow Kitchen

Cougars Take Down Generals On Truth And Reconciliation Night

The Cougars are proud to play in the lək̓ʷəŋən Traditional Territory, on Truth and Reconciliation night we were honoured to have elders from the Songhees First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, and the Ahousaht First Nation join us to offer a pray and song before the game.

The Generals came into the Arch dropping 2 of 3 games. But, both those losses came in extra time so they managed to score 4 of 6 points which helped them hold the 2nd overall spot in the North.

The Cougars by contrast were on a 2 gaming winning streak after dropping the first 2 games of their recent 4 game road swing. They were also 2nd, but in the South.

This game was high flying to say the least. Both teams traded blows, both on the boards, and on net. Jesse Pye was especially fantastic for the Cougars between the pipes making 3 amazing saves in the 1st period alone. He continued to make save after save that looked impossible to make for the rest of the game, making the decision to give him Player of the Game an easy choice. If you subscribe to HockeyTV, it’s worth a rewatch just for his saves.

Kieran Strange also scored. Normally this wouldn’t be significant, but it’s becoming an interesting pattern. Strange has scored in 5 games this year. He has failed to score in 2 games. The 5 games he scored in? The Cougars won. So, the early take away for the Cougars is Kieran Strange needs to score every game. No pressure kid.

On a more serious note, the Cougars looked more coherent as a team tonight. The new faces are slotting in nicely. Having Owen Evers back has proven to be huge. Not only did he score the game winning goal, but his physical presence is undeniable. Offence and defence, Evers is a force. Jacob Batson is also playing to his strengths, literally, he’s strong. Every time he’s on the ice he is tossing someone around or smashing someone into the boards. When he’s not hitting he’s strong on the puck.

A few players were out with injuries, once they are back (hopefully soon) the Cougars will be a top team, if they aren’t already.

EVERY CHILD MATTERS

Cougars Visit the Islanders On Nick Collins Memorial Night

The Cougars took a trip over the Malahat on Saturday night to take on the Islanders for the Annual Nick Collins Memorial Game. A night that means a lot to the Islanders organization, and Kerry Park as a whole. If you ever make it to the KP Rec Centre there is a wonderful display honouring this young man near the entrance.

Kerry Park are came into the game at 10-10 and 4th in the South. They do have several games in hand so their place in the playoff race is looking bright.

Just 1:26 into the game Ethan Roworth got the Cougars on the board. The Islanders did not sit idle after the quick goal. Mateo Sjoberg grabbed his 6th goal of the season on a 2 on 1. Brady Estagrook gave the Islanders the lead late in the period after scoring from behind the net. Check out the highlights below.

The middle frame was an even, back and forth, affair. The Islanders were the lone team to score, much to the chagrin of the Cougars. Cole Sloboda netted his 2nd of the year after a scramble fighting for a rebound off a point shot. The Cougars headed into the break down 2, but on the power play.

That power play was ultimately fruitless and the Islanders turned it around shortly after it expired. On a bad change for the Cougars the Islanders broke in 2on1 and Marko Tokic ripped his 6th of the year high to give the Islanders a 4-1 lead. Ben Brant just a minute later took a 5 and a game for head contact. The Cougars held off the attack on the major and a whole slew of penalties made the scorekeeper earn his keep but none led to any goals. The Cougars best chance was Jacob Pang with an open net but Demelo came flying across to close the opening and rob Pang of a sure-goal. This game ends 4-1 Kerry Park, and the Cougars fall for the 2nd time to the Islanders this year.

The Islanders and Cougars play again November 25th in Victoria. That night will be Victoria Minor Hockey Association Night brought to you by Brandon Wong Hockey. Wear your VMHA jersey and get in free!

Next up for Victoria on Thursday at Home. 7pm.