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The Victoria Cougars had their hands full on Thursday with the surging Kerry Park Islanders at Archie Browning Arena, as they barely escaped with a 3-2 overtime win.

The Islanders have gone 7-1-1-1 since the start of November, including a 3-0 shutout win over the Victoria Cougars in Archie Browning on Nov. 9.

With the single overtime point earned, the Islanders have now leapfrogged the Saanich Braves for second place in the South Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. The Braves, who started the season on a tear at 10-1-1-0, have gone 3-8-1-2 since.  It is a tale of two teams going in very different directions.

Thursday, there was no scoring during the first period; however, the teams exchanged goals in each of the next two periods. Cameron LeSergent opened the scoring at 4:10 of the second with a powerplay goal for the Cougars. Romaeo D’Intinio was sitting for two minutes for tripping at the time. Booker Chacalias and Marshall Brown assisted on the play. The Islanders got one back at 17:19 as Logan Furkalo scored from Isaac Leik.

At 1:40 of the third period, Josh Parkin scored from Cole Amado, to take the 2-1 lead. Marshall Brown picking up his second point of the game scored at 16:58 from Tyler Vanuden and Kevan McBean.

The Cougars wasted no time in OT, when Chacalias buried the puck from Bryce Irwin at 54 seconds to send the Pesky Islanders home with the single point. Last year Chacalias played for the Nanaimo Buccaneers picking up 49 points in 44 games. This season the 5’8” Calgary native already has 38 in 25 games and is just two goals away from last year’s total of 20.

Charles-Oliver LePage took the loss in net for the Islanders stopping 33 of 36 shots fired his way. Owen Sikkes earned the win for Victoria stopping 26 of 28.

The difference in the score may have been the effectiveness of the special teams as the Islanders were blanked on four powerplay opportunities, while the Cougars went 1/3.

With the win, the Cougars are now one point up on the Campbell River Storm in league standings 62-to-61, however, the Storm now have one game in hand.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL:

The Nanaimo Buccaneers have apparently had enough of their recent play – having gone 0-3 recently – and exacted terrible revenge upon the last-place Comox Valley Glacier Kings. The Buccaneers blasted them with an 8-0 defeat. They fired 48 shots and 16 during the first period, which allowed them to hit pay-dirt with five unanswered first period markers from five different Buccaneers. They scored once more during the second period and two more during the third.

Amazingly, eight different players scored one goal each for a strong demonstration of a balanced attack.

NANAIMO BUCCANEERS PLAYER STATS
# Player G A PTS +/- SH PIM
2 Lucas Patton 1 0 1 E 0 0
3 Erik Hanus 0 0 0 E 0 2
4 Aiden Sutherland 1 1 2 E 0 0
5 Simon Creighton 0 1 1 E 0 6
6 Zackary Evans 0 0 0 E 0 0
7 Connor Casparie (A/P) 1 1 2 E 0 0
08 Dylan Hartl 0 0 0 E 0 0
9 Braydon Nelson 0 0 0 E 0 22
10 Riley Gannon 0 0 0 E 0 0
11 Jory Swanson 1 1 2 E 0 0
14 Nathan Hauser 0 0 0 E 0 0
18 Dylan Devers 0 0 0 E 0 0
23 Chase Fioretti 0 1 1 E 0 0
25 Ethan Dyck 1 1 2 E 0 0
26 Brendan Rogers 0 1 1 E 0 0
27 Billy Walters 1 0 1 E 0 12
44 Trey Watson 1 2 3 E 0 6
77 Joshua Zary 1 2 3 E 0 0

 

The swashbuckling Buccaneers held Comox Valley to just 16 shots, which allowed goaltender Spencer Deakin to earn his shutout win. Matthias Smith stopped 36 of the 43 that he faced. Joben Douce skated in net to give Smith a break stopping 4 of 5 in a span of 6:49 that he played.

Nanaimo went 1/3 on the powerplay. Comox Valley went 0/3.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 27 20 6 0 61
Buccaneers 26 15 9 0 48
Generals 30 9 19 0 31
Glacier Kings 28 3 23 0 12
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 28 19 6 0 63
Islanders 29 15 11 0 49
Braves 26 13 9 0 45
Panthers 28 8 12 0 35
Wolves 26 7 14 0 28
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
B. Chacalias (VIC) 25 18 20 38
E. Easton (KPI) 28 15 21 36
M. Albinati (VIC) 23 18 17 35
T. Tiel (KPI) 28 15 19 34
J. Lingard (PEN) 27 17 14 31
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
O Sikkes (VIC) 7 6 1.29 .954
B Wood (INACT) 6 5 1.34 .938
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
A de Kok (CRS) 17 13 1.88 .937
J Little (CRS) 7 4 2.04 .920
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