The Victoria Cougars had the chance to win their second game in a row at The Q Centre on Wednesday.
Instead, Victoria dropped a 4-2 decision to the Westshore Wolves.
Both the Cougars and Westshore were deadlocked at two goals apiece before Benjamin Duffin, with his second marker of the game, gave the Wolves the lead for good.
Cameron Coutre put the finishing touches on a well-played game late in regulation after scoring his league-leading 30th goal of the season.
Replying in a losing cause was Shane Kime and Matthew Berryman.
With the regular season scheduled to end this weekend, the South Island Division is still a jumbled mess with three teams separated by only two points.
If the playoffs were to begin today, Victoria would play Westshore while the Kerry Park Islanders would face the division-winning Saanich Braves.
Also scoring for the Wolves, who won their fourth game in a row, was Brandon Tutte.
Westshore outshot the Cougars 33-24.
Both teams finished 0-for-11 on the power play.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Gavin Grewal had two goals and two assists to lead the Saanich Braves over the Peninsula Panthers 7-5.
Victoria concludes the regular season on Saturday, February 17 against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. Game time at Comox Valley Sports Centre, located at 3001 Vanier Drive, is 7:30 p.m.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
Victoria: Jaden McNulty (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
Westshore: Benjamin Duffin (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)