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The Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, the defending league champs, and a team that completely dominated Junior B hockey last year is on a roll.
They have jockeyed between first and second place in the South Division all season, exchanging the pole position with the Saanich Braves. Last night the second place Cougars visited the Kerry Park Islanders to attempt to leapfrog the Braves to first place.
They made no mistake in defeating the Islanders 8-4. That’s five consecutive wins, 7-2, 4-1, 4-1 and 8-4, during the past four, outscoring the opposition 23-8 during that time.
The Cougars now sit in first place in the South Division by one point, but the Braves have one game in hand.
They meet at Archie Browning Arena Thursday night at 7:00 PM.
Tuesday night, the Cougars outshot the Islanders 39-22, forcing starting goaltender Rett Rook from the Islanders’ net in favour of Tyson Duffe. Duffe faced a shot a minute and let in two. It was over by the time he stepped in anyway.
The first period ended at a 1-1 tie on goals by Owen Dalman and Kayden Peck on the powerplay, for the Braves and Islanders, respectively.
Grayden Hohl, Rick Takeda and Kenny Britton scored during the second period as the Cougars threw another 12 shots at Rook. The score after two was 4-1. Dalman already had one goal and two assists by this point.
During the third the Cougars’ four consecutive goals were rudely interrupted by the home team scoring at 9:46; Peck from Will Connors and Connor Bissett.
Four different Cougars scored during the third period. Seven different Cougars earned assists. Like they have done all season, they were spreading the scoring around.
Ten Cougars earned points during the game; three of them earned three points.
Thursday night should be a very exciting match-up between first and second place Cougars and Braves. Both teams are strong. The Braves are coming off of a break and an 11-0 drubbing of the Oceanside Generals.