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The Victoria Cougars and the Nanaimo Buccaneers continue to roll during the latter half of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. Thursday night the second-place Bucs’ took out the Comox Valley Glacier Kings by the score of 3-1 in Nanaimo. Meanwhile, the Cougars who occupy first place in the South Division defeated the Peninsula Panthers 5-0 at Archie Browning Arena.

The Buccaneers have won seven of eight games. Thursday they won on the strength of 43 shots to the Kings 24.

The Cougars will have a showdown Friday night when they pay a visit to the Saanich Braves who are breathing down their necks for first place overall. Tonight, the Cougars put a little more distance between themselves and the Braves.

The teams have compiled 47 and 51 points, respectively, while the Braves have a game in hand.

Thursday night, the Cougars got off to an early start and never looked back, scoring three times during the first period.

At 2:38 Branden Tangney scored the game opener from Kenny Britton and Nick Gomerich.

Akila Sato-Gaudreau scored his first of two on the night at 4:17 of the first, while Kenny Britton earned his second point by scoring at 7:32. Jordan Passmore earned two assists during the game.

Four different Cougars scored, while goaltender Anthony Ciurro earned the shutout for the Cougars. At the other end, John Anderson faced 33 Cougar shots.

The Cougars went 1/7 on the powerplay and killed off 10 Panthers man advantages.

Friday’s matchup against the Braves starts at 6:30 PM at Pearkes Arena.