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As it should be, the VSN Game of the Week between the North and South Division leaders of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League came down to overtime.

The Victoria Cougars visited the Campbell River Storm at Rod Brind’Amour Arena Friday night and came away with a 2-1 OT loss.

The Storm fired a big 45 shots at Owen Sikkes, who stopped all but two. The Cougars were held to just 23 shots, but they made the best of their opportunities.

The score was tied at nil-nil until 13:41 of the first period. At 12:18 though, Jaden McNulty was assessed a two-minute minor for Contact with the Head and also earned a 10-minute Misconduct penalty.

The Storm took advantage as Noah Fladagar scored from Cole Slaney. The period would end 1-0 for the Storm. Tyler Vanuden wasted little time in getting the Cougars on the board with a goal at 30 seconds of the second period. The game would remain tied at 1-1 for the remainder of regulation time.

Kyle Jennings would get the game-winner at 1:26 of OT with Owen Christensen and Fladagar assisting.

The Storm powerplay would go 1/3 while the Cougars were 0/1.

With the one point gained in the OT loss, the Cougars remain one point up on the Storm in league standings with 64, while the Storm, who entered the game two points back, continue to have one game in hand. They will have every chance to gain two points this weekend as they visit the last-place Comox Valley Glacier Kings tonight at 7:30 pm.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL the Braves woes continue as they were doubled up on 6-3 at home to the Westshore Wolves. Earlier in the week, the Kerry Park Islanders leapfrogged the Braves for second place in the South Division. The Wolves, who sit in last place in the South Division are within four points of the Peninsula Panthers and have two games in hand. They can smell blood in the water.

The Wolves opened the scoring Friday at 16:43 of the first period with a marker by Connor Eddy. Benjamin Duffin scored 2:24 later (19:07) to put the visitors up 2-0.

The teams exchanged three goals each during the second period. With Tanner Banks, Dayton Clarke and Zach Guerra scoring for Saanich, while Blake Bentham scored twice and Jarret Malloch at 18:00 minutes scored to close out a wild period.

There was no scoring during the third period until 18:53 when Cameron Kinsman put one away.

The powerplays went 0/3 and 0/4 for Saanich and Westshore respectively.

Jordan Spandli earned the win in net for Westshore stopping 31 of 34 shots, while Anderson Violette took the loss for Saanich. He played 40:00 and stopped 21 of 26, while Connor Cheyne stopped all six shots he faced in the 17:27 he played.

Nanaimo, who had lost three-in-a-row, now have won two straight. Friday they did the Wolves a favour as they took out the Peninsula Panthers by the score of 5-2 in Sidney at Panorama Recreation Centre.

It was a low-shooting affair as the teams combined for just 51 shots all-game, 26 from Nanaimo and 25 from Peninsula. Both powerplays were stymied all game as they went 0/4 and 0/6 respectively.

Logan Speirs opened the scoring at 11:56 of the first period. The Buccaneers followed up with two in a 30-second span at 18:32 and 19:02, one each from Trey Watson and Zackary Evans. The teams would skate to the dressing rooms with Nanaimo up 2-1.

There was no scoring during the second period.

At 2:54 of the third, Brendan Rogers would score an unassisted marker and then 2:12 later with Nanaimo’s Jory Swanson serving two minutes for slashing Joshua Zary would score a backbreaking shorthanded goal from Rogers. The Panthers responded quickly, but it was not meant to be. Thomas Spink would score 14 seconds later, but Nanaimo would get one more at 16:22 from Riley Gannon.

Saturday night around the VIJHL sees the Wolves right back at it with a visit up island to the Oceanside Generals. The Storm take the 30-minute drive down the TCH to the Comox Valley to play the Glacier Kings and the Braves have a revenge and slump-breaking, veritable four-point opportunity tonight in Kerry Park who defeated them and leapfrogged them in the standings last Friday 5-2.

Storm 28 20 6 0 63
Buccaneers 27 16 9 0 51
Generals 30 9 19 0 31
Glacier Kings 28 3 23 0 12
Cougars 29 19 6 0 64
Islanders 29 15 11 0 49
Braves 27 13 10 0 45
Panthers 29 8 13 0 35
Wolves 27 8 14 0 31
B. Chacalias (VIC) 26 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. Zary (NAN) 24 18 13 31
B Wood (INACT) 6 5 1.34 .938
O Sikkes (VIC) 8 6 1.37 .955
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
A de Kok (CRS) 18 14 1.82 .938
J Little (CRS) 7 4 2.04 .920