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It would take double overtime and a come-from-behind effort, but the Westshore Wolves dispatched with the Victoria Cougars Saturday night by the score of 5-4. With the win, they move on to the second round of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoffs against the Campbell River Storm.

“The team never gave up,” said Coach Tyler Matheson. “[It was] such an emotional game both from us and the Cougars.”

Trevor Bottomley opened the scoring for the Wolves at 1:29 of the second period. Cole Gardner assisted, and then it was all Victoria for the next 10 minutes as they potted three, two of them on the powerplay.

Shane Kime, Foster Martin and Darwin Lakoduk scored three unanswered in the second, that is until at 18:24 when 20-year-old Nicolas Polomark scored on the man advantage.

Akila Sato-Gaudreau was off for two minutes for slashing.

The teams played a tight third period with just Ty Madden scoring at 12:26 to tie the game up.

It was Tomba Huddlestan early in double overtime at 1:07, who put the game away. Kieran Cardinal and Calijah Phillip earned assists on the goal.

“It was a battle every night and we persevered when it mattered most, in game seven. I’m very proud of my players for their efforts and focus on the goal at hand,” added Matheson.

The keys to the game were to play with discipline, keep the emotions in check and to use their speed, according to Matheson.

Lakoduk and Martin led the way for Victoria with a goal and an assist each. Madden had a goal and an assist, while Cardinal earned two assists for Westshore.

Jordan Spandli earned the win stopping 36 of 39 shots, while Victoria’s goaltender Nate Reinhart stopped 32 of 36.

The Cougars went 2/7 on the powerplay, while Westshore scored once on their seven opportunities.

Next up for the Wolves is the Campbell River Storm, who defeated the Peninsula Panthers in five games.

Monday, March 5th the Saanich Braves and the Nanaimo Buccaneers begin their seven-game second-round playoff series in Nanaimo.

Saanich defeated Kerry Park Islanders in five games, while the Buccaneers swept the Oceanside Generals in four straight.

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