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The red-hot Cougars face the fast-rising Nanaimo Buccaneers twice this week

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When your goaltender is pelted with 53 shots in a single game, the defence owe the back-stopper lunch or some major offensive contributions, but when the referee gifts you 11 powerplays and you only score once, then lunch it is.

I wonder where the Westshore Wolves took Jordan Spandli? He did a commendable job considering he was under siege from the game-opening puck drop to the final buzzer Friday against the Saanich Braves at Pearkes Recreation Centre.

The final score was 10-4 Braves, who also turned their nose up at the powerplay, going just 1/8. They preferred to score 5-on-5. Both teams scored a short-handed goal during the second period, just 1:30 apart, tit for tat.

Cougars vs Buccaneers

Meanwhile, the Victoria Cougars scored five goals in three consecutive games from Wednesday to Saturday. In the process they defeated the Oceanside Generals 5-2, Westshore Wolves 5-3 and the Kerry Park Islanders 5-1.  The Cougars face the improving Buccaneers twice this week in a home-and-home series.

Interestingly – if you are a stats geek and take a liking to patterns - the Buccaneers have also scored five goals in each of their three past games, in the process defeating the North Division’s second-place team, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 5-3, the Oceanside Generals 5-3 as well as the first-place Campbell River Storm also by the score of 5-3. They are on a roll having defeated the two best teams in the division and running a 5-1 record during the past six.

Interestingly, on November 3rd, both the Buccaneers and Cougars won their respective games by the score of 7-2. The Cougars were home to the Panthers, while the Buccaneers were home to the Generals.

While the Buccaneers are a fast-rising team, the red-hot Cougars have gone 8-1 during November and now sit in first place in the South Division and second place overall.

The Buccaneers started the 2016-2017 season slow with a 2-5-0 record in the first seven, then going 6-5 in October and 5-1 so far in November. They sit in third place in the North Division with a record of 13-11 for 26 points in 24 games. They are just five points out of second place with a game in-hand on the Glacier Kings.

Peninsula Panthers

Amazingly, the Peninsula Panthers defeated the Comox Valley Glacier Kings last week 4-3, then they had an offensive outburst against the Oceanside Generals in Parksville, the only problem is the Generals had a more explosive outburst, the final score was 8-6.

Are the Panthers back on the prowl, with their two recent stronger performances? They get a visit by the Storm on Friday. That game will indicate whether the Panthers can make some moves in the standings, going-forward.

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