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The Kerry Park Islanders were not going to let the Victoria Cougars off easy last night during their game at Esquimalt’s Archie Browning Arena. It took overtime for the Cougars to finally prevail in game one of a rare back-to-back-back set this weekend.
The winner was scored by Tyler Vanuden, which is his fourth goal and eighth point so far this season in nine games. He wasted little time, putting the game away at the 1:13 mark.
The final score was 4-3.
It was a come-from-behind win, as the Islanders were up by the score of 3-1 at one point. Jarrett Malloch, Connor Bissett and Will Connors scored three unanswered goals by 7:37 of the second. It was Owen Dalman who opened the scoring at exactly 2:00 of the first.
Akila Sato-Gaudreau finally got the Cougars back on track during the withering moments of the second period, scoring an important goal. A late goal would potential provide needed momentum to start the third and that is exactly what he did at 19:42 to bring the home team within one.
To start the second the Cougars, with that momentum, wasted no time in tying the score. Nick Gomerich scored at 1:56. Game on.
The Cougars had the edge in play during the third and outshot the Islanders 10-7. The game totals were 38-30 Cougars.
Jarrett Malloch scored a goal and an assist for the Islanders, while it was Owen Dalman for the Cougars who had a two-point game. First star honours were given to the Vanuden for his game-winning goal.
The Islanders went 0/2 on the power play, while the Cougars scored one in five opportunities.
Rett Rook made 34 saves on 38 shots against for the Islanders, while the Cougars netminder, Justin Anderson was good for 27 of 30.
There are now two points separating the teams, 15 and 13, respectively in 11 games each. The Saanich Braves continue to lead the South Division with 16 points in 13 games, which will make tonight’s tilt at Pearkes Recreation Centre a compelling one. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 PM.