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The Victoria Cougars are the hottest team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (Junior-B) and are threatening to take over first place overall, a position currently occupied by the Campbell River Storm.

The Storm boast a record of 20-5-0-0 and are also hot at 7-3 during their past 10 games. They are nine points up on the second place Comox Valley Glacier Kings who have a record of 15-9-0-1 for 31 points.

The Cougars are 10-1 in their last 11 games. Breathing down their necks are the Saanich Braves at 16-5-1-1 on the season and they are 7-1-1-1 in their last 10.

Both the Storm and the Cougars are leading the head-to-head series between themselves and the Glacier Kings and Braves, respectively.

What will make things interesting is when the Braves catch up to the Cougars in games played as they have three games in-hand and sit just five points back.

Goaltender Anthony Ciurro. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

If it wasn’t for a mediocre October, the Cougars would be running away with the league lead at this time – like they did last year. During November they have gone 9-1, while in September, they had a good start to the season with a 5-1-0-1 run, but October was just .500 hockey at 3-3-0-3.

Thursday night the Cougars were visited by the Nanaimo Buccaneers and defeated them handily by the score of 6-2. The two teams meet again Saturday in Nanaimo. The Buccaneers were 7-2-1 over the previous 10 until they had played Victoria. They should be tough to beat at home, Saturday.

The Braves are visited tonight by the 8-13-1 Kerry Park Islanders and are favoured to win. The Wolves face the Braves, then the Cougars Wednesday, Nov 30 and Dec 1. The Wolves, who are in need of some wins, will also be a tough team to play, especially at The Q Centre in Colwood.

Meanwhile the Glacier Kings visit the Storm Saturday.

The Peninsula Panthers seem to be playing better lately; two of their next three games will be against the powerhouse Storm and the Braves. Have they turned their fortunes around? The next two weekends will be telling.

The next time the Cougars and Braves meet will be Friday, Jan 6 at Pearkes Recreation Centre.

Mitch Propp. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Full schedule and all of the league stats are available, here>>

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