The Victoria Cougars gave their fans an early Christmas present on Thursday night.
Shane Kime had a goal and three assists as Victoria beat the Kerry Park Islanders 5-2 in a penalty-filled affair.
Not surprisingly, five of the game’s seven goals were scored on the power play.
Also scoring for the Cougars, who extended their unbeaten streak to three games, were Foster Martin, Mateo Albinati, Darwin Lakoduk, and Kyle Wade.
Victoria led 4-0 after one period and 4-1 after two.
Patrick Ostermann of the Cougars won his league-leading 14th game following a 23-save performance.
Among league leaders, Ostermann currently ranks first in games played (26), first in minutes played (1,514), third in shutouts (2), fourth in save percentage (.913), and seventh in goals-against average (2.81).
Keenan Eddy and Tanner Tiel replied in a losing cause.
Islanders’ goalie Chase Anderson allowed four goals on 16 shots before giving way to Parker Swanson who made 19 saves in 40 minutes of relief.
The game was chippy right from the beginning with 76 minutes in penalties split between the two clubs.
The Cougars went 3-for-8 with the man advantage; meanwhile, Kerry Park finished 2-for-9.
Jaden McNulty had two assists for the home side.
Back in the Victoria lineup was Akila Sato-Gaudreau who missed the last seven games due to an undisclosed injury.
The Cougars improves to 17-12-1-1 and have taken over sole possession of first place in the South Island Division.
Next game for Victoria is Friday, December 22 versus the Campbell River Storm. Game time at Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex, located at 225 South Dogwood Street, is 7:30 p.m.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Austin Dendl stopped 17 shots to lead the Nanaimo Buccaneers to a 3-1 win over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings before 290 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, Shane Kime (Goals: 1, Assists: 3)
2nd star, Jaden McNulty (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
3rd star, Foster Martin (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)