Cougars Force Game 7

The Cougars have come back from a 3-1 deficit in games, to tie the series and force a game 7 Thursday night back at the Arch! Nick Scott and Noah Edstrom scored for the Cougars and Ethan Barron was rock solid in net, stopping 28 of 29 shots he faced.

Come on down to Archie Browning Arena and cheer on your Victoria Cougars!

Finish it off, boys!

Doors open at 6 pm.

Puck drop at 7:00 pm

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.

17 Goals In 2 Games, Cougars On A 4 Game Streak

After a 9-2 thumping of the Kraken on Friday, the Cougars faced off against the bottom team in the Buccaneers.

The Bucs came into the game at 1-9-0-1 and with one new player. Kenny Boychuk was traded to Nanaimo on Saturday from the Cougars and didn’t need to wait long to face his former team.

Another former Cougar, Steven Reid, got the start for the Buccaneers between the pipes. Despite the final score, Reid played very well. Making a dozen sure goal stops to at least keep Nanaimo competitive early on.

The Cougars dominated a vast majority of the game outshooting the Bucs 53-22. With 7 different goal scorers the Cougars showed why they are 3rd in goals scored, but only have 2 players in the top 20 in overall points. They have 4 lines that can score and 3 of those 4 scored in this game alone.

The Cougars PP was the weak spot against the Bucs. Going 1/6 and not looking solid in 4 of those extra man opportunities.

The Cougars face the Islanders on Tuesday, and that will be a proper challenge compared to the last two games.

Cougars Can’t Weather The Storm

The Storm entered Sunday’s game 4-4 and 3rd in the North, the Cougars were 5-3 and also 3rd in the South. On paper it seemed to be an even match. The way the game played was far less than even.

Campbell River came out flying. Hitting passes and creating scoring chances. The Cougars were given a few opportunities to shift the momentum on the power play but the stifling Storm PK was too much for the Cougars leading to painful power plays to watch for Cougars fans. The Storm collected two goals in the 1st period and looked to be heading into the break up 2-0 and dominating. Ben Coghlan did manage to put a damper on the Storm very late in the 1st with a shortie, and his 4th goal in 2 games.

That was about it for the Cougars, though. The Storm dominated the final two frames scoring 5 more times. The Cougars did get one back in the 3rd, but it didn’t help. The Cougars PP was lethargic and the Storm defence was relentless.

The Cougars have dropped 2 in a row and will look to end the mini-skid Thursday when the North leading G Kings visit.

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.