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Seven different Victoria Cougars scorers tallied Thursday night at Archie Browning Arena, to power the home team to an impressive 7-1 win over the Saanich Braves.

The Braves who started the season with a jaw-dropping record of 10-1-1 have since gone 2-7-1-1. They now have a win-loss record of 12-8-2-2, things have changed.

Four consecutive Cougars goals during the second period put the Braves into a hole that they could not climb out of against the South Division and Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League leaders.

At 3:47 of the second period, Carl Ewert opened the scoring from Tyler Vanuden and Foster Martin. Two-minutes and two seconds later, Vanuden would score on the powerplay. Jacob McQuillin was sitting for two minutes for interference.

Kevan McBean, who had a three-point night, scored at 10:02 as did Matthew Clark 38 seconds later and at 15:53 Jacob King would close out the period breaking the shutout bid by Cam Stevenson. Twenty-year-old McBean of Calgary has earned points 13 times in 18 games. He sits 23rd in the league points race and fourth on the Cougars team.

The Cougars would score three more during the third period with Booker Chacalias, Owen Dalman and Matthew Berryman tallying. Chacalias’ had earlier sat for 12 minutes, 10 for a misconduct.

The Braves missed out on an opportunity on the special teams during the first period with four powerplay chances. If they could have converted early, it would have changed the way the Cougars played and they could have had some control of the outcome as well as momentum.

The Braves were blanked on all seven powerplay opportunities, while the Cougars scored once on their three chances.

Stevenson got the win in goal for the Cougars stopping 22 of 23 shots, while Connor Cheyne and Chris Combiadakis split duties in net for the Braves. Cheyne stopped 17 of 21, while Combiadakis stopped seven of 10 shots fired his way.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings earned just their second win of the season and won for the second time in four games. Thursday, they hosted the second place Nanaimo Buccaneers and defeated them by the score of 4-2.

The Game’s star was undoubtedly goaltender Joben Douce who stopped 46 of 48 shots fired his way.

The Glacier Kings, who started the season with an abysmal record of 0-18-0-2 have won 2 of 3 games and lost a close one, by the score of 1-0 to the Buccaneers in between their two wins, they are on a roll.

Comox Valley got out to a 3-0 lead with three unanswered second-period goals, one by Finn Withey on the powerplay and two, back-to-back by Damian Rennie including a shorthanded marker at 10:47.

Nanaimo would attempt the comeback scoring twice during the third period with Dawson Benjamin and Trey Watson tallying, but with the goaltender pulled in favour of the extra attacker, Tanner Roberts would get the insurance marker at 19:19 of the third period.

Austin Dandl would take the loss in net for the Buccaneers stopping 17 of 21 shots.

The Glacier Kings went 1/5 on the powerplay, while the Buccaneers were stymied on their three chances.

Friday night the Buccaneers visit the Braves at Pearkes Arena, while the North Division-leading Campbell River Storm visits the Peninsula Panthers at Panorama. The Braves-Buccaneers game has the puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 pm, while the Sidney game begins at 7:30 pm.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 24 17 6 0 52
Buccaneers 22 14 7 0 44
Generals 25 7 17 0 23
Glacier Kings 23 2 19 0 9
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 25 17 6 0 55
Braves 24 12 8 0 42
Islanders 25 13 10 0 42
Panthers 24 7 9 0 32
Wolves 22 5 12 0 22
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
M. Albinati (VIC) 23 18 17 35
E. Easton (KPI) 24 15 18 33
B. Chacalias (VIC) 22 13 17 30
T. Tiel (KPI) 25 11 18 29
J. Zary (NAN) 20 16 11 27
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
B Wood (INACT) 6 5 1.34 .938
O Sikkes (VIC) 5 4 1.41 .951
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
A de Kok (CRS) 16 12 2.00 .934
C Stevenson (VIC) 15 13 2.02 .930
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