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The Victoria Cougars have an opportunity to leap-frog the first-place Saanich Braves this weekend as they are set to play three games in three nights, two against close VIJHL divisional rivals. The games are proverbial four-pointers.

Thursday, they host the Kerry Park Islanders in the Archie Browning Sports Centre at 7:00 PM. This is an important contest to put some separation between the two teams. The Islanders trail the Cougars by just one point. The teams have 13 and 12 points in 10 games each, respectively.

The Braves who lead the South Division have 16 points and have played two extra games.

Friday the Cougars pay the Braves a visit for what should be an exciting match-up at Pearkes Recreation Centre at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, the team takes to the road for a tilt in Parksville against the Oceanside Generals in a non-divisional game. The Cougars will have to be careful not to lose intensity on Saturday, being game-weary after having played two divisional rivals back-to-back on Thursday and Friday.

The Cougars were the most dominating team last year winning both the South Division and the entire league. This year they have showed signs of being that team again, but sport a 6-3-0-1 record with two losses in a row last week.

On Thursday the Braves play the Nanaimo Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have a record of 3-7 and sit in last place in the North Division, while on Friday the Islanders visit the first-place North Division Campbell River Storm.

With a combination of focus and a little help from a couple of North Division teams, the Cougars could find themselves in first place in the South Division again.

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