VIJHL South Division Round Up

Guerra

File photo. Credit: Christopher Kelsall. Nick Guerra. Saanich Braves are in a major slump without their leading scorer, who has also led the league all season.

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This weekend the Peninsula Panthers faced a perspective correction after winning two consecutive games last week against the second place Saanich Braves. Thursday and Friday night, they faced the first place Victoria Cougars and lost 6-1 and 7-2 during the home-and-home set.

The Cougars outshot the Panthers 32-25 and 32-21, respectively and the key here is the Cougars' special teams were a force. During the two-game span, the Cougars went a very healthy 6/9, while they held the Panthers to just got one goal in 11 man advantages.

The Panthers continue to be mired in last place in the South Division with just six wins in 30 games. Only the Oceanside Generals of Parksville have fewer points at 13, but have played three fewer games.

The Westshore Wolves continue their hot streak, taking out the visiting Comox Valley Glacier Kings and Saanich Braves Wednesday and Friday. Although the Glacier Kings and Braves are slumping at this time, the Wolves have won six in a row including a 5-4 victory over the Cougars on December 1st. They are now one win shy of playing .500 hockey on the season.

Like the Cougars, the Wolves’ special teams have dominated the opposition as of late, going 4/11 during the past two games while throwing 35 and 41 shots at the opposition goalies.

The Braves were given every opportunity to score with nine powerplay opportunities, they scored just once, while the Glacier Kings were held to 0/1.

A big test is coming this week for the Wolves as they will be playing both the red-hot Nanaimo Buccaneers and the first-place Cougars who are in second place overall, but first in the South Division.

Game of the Week: Game of the Week takes place Sunday, December 11th with the first place Campbell River Storm, facing the first place Victoria Cougars (first in the South Division, but second overall). Puck drop is scheduled for 3:30 PM today at Pearkes Arena.

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