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It is a case of the usual suspects for those who are leading their respective divisions in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. The Campbell River Storm are in first place in the North Division while the Victoria Cougars, tied with the Storm in points at 58, lead the South Division.
The Storm sports a record of 19-6-0-1, while the Cougars are 28-6-0-2. Both of the second place teams, the Nanaimo Buccaneers and the Saanich Braves, started the season off with a bang. The Braves got off to a 10-1-1-0 start, but since have fallen back to 13-8-0-4. They are tied in points with divisional rival Kerry Park Islanders.
The two teams play a four-pointer Friday at Pearkes Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 pm.
Thursday, the Cougars dominated the visiting Buccaneers outshooting them 38-25 and outscoring them 5-0. Four different goal scores tallied, with Booker Chacalias potting two during the third period.
Also scoring for the Cougars were Tyler Vanuden, Matthew Berryman and Foster Martin.
Vanuden opened the scoring at 7:03 with the only goal of the first period. Berryman’s was the only goal of the second period. With a 2-0 lead carried into the final frame, the Cougars didn’t protect but increased the lead with goals at 1:11, 6:44 and 12:02.
Both powerplays went 0/4 on the game.
Austin Dendl stopped 33 of 38 shots in the losing effort for Nanaimo, while Owen Sikkes earned the 25-save shutout win in net for the Cougars.
Two other Friday night games are on tap in the “V” including the Oceanside Generals paying a visit to the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River. The Cougars visit the Peninsula Panthers at Panorama Recreation Centre in Sidney. Both games have a 7:30 scheduled puck drop, while the Islanders and Braves tilt is scheduled for 6:30 pm.
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