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The Victoria Cougars made the most of their powerplay opportunities Thursday night at the Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt, going 3/9 (33%) against the visiting Westshore Wolves. They took a bite out of the Wolves for the 6-0 win.
The win put more space between themselves and the second-place Saanich Braves, who started the season off with a 10-1-1 record before losing four of their next six games, twice to the Wolves.
The Cougars now lead the Braves by six points in the standings, 47 to 41, but have played one extra game.
Tyler Vanuden led the way for the Cougars with 2 goals and 2 assists. He opened the scoring at 4:43 of the first period on the powerplay with the game-winning goal. Nathan Ingram and Grady Birk picked up assists on the play. Vanuden scored the Cougars’ sixth goal of the game again on the powerplay, book-ending the scoring at 15:25 of the third.
Mateo Albinati with two, Jaden McNulty and Marshall Brown rounded out the scoring. Ryan Okino picked up three assists while Booker Chacalias helped out on two scoring opportunities.
Luke Sheldrake stopped 27 off 33 shots in the losing cause, while Cam Stevenson stopped all 22 shots for the shutout win.
The Cougars play next against the Islanders Friday at 7:00 pm at Archie Browning. While the Wolves will host the Cougars next on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The Oceanside Generals visit the Comox Valley Glacier Kings and the Braves visit the Peninsula Panthers, puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm for both games.