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The last-place Westshore Wolves hosted the Kerry Park Islanders Wednesday at The Q Centre in Colwood and defeated them by the score of 5-3. The Islanders who sport a record of 13-10-0-2 sit in the third place in the South Division, tied in points with the second-place Saanich Braves. Both teams have 42 points, while the Victoria Cougars lead the division with a 16-6-0-2 record and 52 points.
Two days off of their 6-1 win over the Oceanside Generals; Wednesday’s game was an opportunity for the Islanders to take sole position of second place. Not to be, just yet.
The Wolves got the only goal of the first period while on the powerplay as Nolan Renke sat two minutes for kneeing. The penalty set off the teams and five penalties for roughing were called at 8:25. Parker Ellis scored from Khalil Fontana at 7:43. The Islanders improved their lead to a 3-0 when they scored two more during the second period by Connor Eddy and Ethan Brandwood.
At 11:02 Isaac Leik, a Duncan-raised 17-year-old took matters into his own hands for the Islanders and scored a pair of goals, back-to-back, the second goal came at 13:30 – scored just 2:28 apart, to make a game out of it.
The comeback was usurped by a Brandon McClintick penalty at 16:53 for tripping. While he was serving his term in the sin bin the Wolves’ Fontana earned his second point of the game scoring on goaltender Charles-Oliver LePage. McClintick put the puck in the net at 17:13 of the second.
The teams exchanged goals during the third period with McClintick got one back for the Islanders at 8:53, but that goal was followed by a Cameron Kinsman marker at 14:57 to put the game away.
The Wolves outshot the Islanders 30-20. Luke Sheldrake stopped 17 of 20 in goal for the Wolves, while LePage took the loss for the Islanders stopping 25 of 30.
The powerplays went 1/6 for the Islanders and 2/5 for the Wolves.
Thursday night sees two exciting games on the slate as the Saanich Braves take on the Victoria Cougars in Esquimalt at the Archie Browning Arena. Saanich very much needs to get some wins. Meanwhile the Comox Valley Glacier Kings will host the Nanaimo Buccaneers in Courtenay.