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The North Division-leading Campbell River Storm and the South Division-leading Victoria Cougars both got wins on the road Friday night. Both teams have accumulated 52 points in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League standings and put more space between themselves and their respective second-place competitors.

For the Cougars, they defeated the Peninsula Panthers 2-1 at Panorama Rec Centre, while the Storm visited the Saanich Braves at Pearkes Arena winning by the score of 4-2.

The Braves who started the 2018-2019 season with a record of 10-1-1 now sit 10 points back of the Cougars, while the Nanaimo Buccaneers are 11 points back of the Storm and have four games in-hand.

Friday, the Cougars barely won, yet had eight powerplay opportunities and scored on none of them and managed only 28 shots, it was a defensive affair.

The first two periods were scoreless. The Peninsula Panthers finally broke the ice with an unassisted marker at 4:31 by Josh Lingard.

Bruce Irwin followed suit with one at 5:40 from Nathan Ingram and Joshua Martin.

With the score tied 1-1, Booker Chalias scored the game-winner from Irwin and Marshall Brown at 12:15.

Owen Sikkes earned the win in goal for Victoria stopping 30 of 31 shots fired his way. Connor McKillop took the loss stopping 26 of 28.

The Panthers will go at it again Saturday in Parksville against the Oceanside Generals.

The Cougars don’t play again until they host the Braves on Thursday, No. 22.

Saanich Braves – Campbell River Storm

At Pearkes Arena, the Braves fired 48 shots at goaltender Aaron de Kok, but to no avail.

Darren Hards opened the scoring for the Storm at 5:10 of the first period with an unassisted goal.

On the second of eight powerplay opportunities for the Braves, Cameron Le Sergent scored from Zach Guerra. The teams went to the dressing rooms tied at 1-1, it was anyone’s game.

At 19:07 of the first, Cole Slaney sat for two minutes for roughing. At 34 seconds into the second period, Josh Pederson would score a shorthanded marker on the Braves. The Storm scored again at 10:32 from Davis Frank. The Braves would get one back by Dale McCabe at 18:17 on the powerplay to skate to the dressing rooms down 3-2; it was close.

The only goal of the third period was an insurance marker by Noah Fladager, unassisted.

The Braves went 2/8 on the man advantage, while the storm went 0/1. Perhaps the special teams play was an opportunity lost for the Braves, who also gave up that shorthanded marker.

The 18-year-old Lethbridge native, De Kok earned the 46-save win for the Storm improving his record to 12-2 on the season. Meanwhile, the Braves goaltender Chris Combiadakis stopped 21 of 25 in the losing cause.

The Braves have gone 2-5-2 since mid-October, after starting the season with a 10-1-2 record.

The Braves play again in Cobble Hill against the Kerry Park Islanders Saturday night. The game is not quite a four-pointer, but the Islanders are starting to breathe down the Braves’ neck, they are back just six points in the standings.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 24 17 6 0 52
Buccaneers 20 13 6 0 41
Generals 23 7 16 0 21
Glacier Kings 21 1 18 0 6
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 24 16 6 0 52
Braves 22 12 6 0 42
Islanders 22 11 9 0 36
Panthers 23 7 9 0 31
Wolves 21 4 12 0 19
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
M. Albinati (VIC) 23 18 17 35
J. Zary (NAN) 18 15 12 27
E. Easton (KPI) 21 14 13 27
B. Chacalias (VIC) 21 12 15 27
G. Grewal (SAN) 22 10 16 26
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
B Wood (NAN) 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) 14 12 2.09 .928
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