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You may have to wait until the postseason to see the Victoria Cougars play the Campbell River Storm. Meanwhile, the two teams will likely feast on the rest of the league until then. Friday, the Cougars walloped the Westshore Wolves by the score of 7-0 while the Storm took out the Buccaneers 6-2. Saturday, the Storm beat the Oceanside Generals 3-1.

The Storm, lead the North Division with 98 points in 43 games played. Their record is 31-9-2-1. The Cougars are leading the South Division with 86 points in 41 games. They sport a record of 25-10-5-1 and they had a slow-ish start to the season.

Sunday at 3:00 pm, the Cougars visit the Kerry Park Islanders. The Islanders have shown some resilience this season and have won a few games that they were not expecting to necessarily take. The Islanders sit in second place, two points up on the Saanich Braves with 68 points in 42 games played. Their post-season play should be interesting to watch.

It may have been a bit of a surprise that the Braves lost to the Peninsula Panthers on Thursday, 3-1. Saanich started the season 10-1-1, but since have had a .500 +/- season showing glimmers of dominance tempered with surprise losses.

Matthew Sparrow opened the scoring on Thursday at 6:13. He was set up by Jakob Gajda. Josh Lingard scored just 1:59 later, unassisted and shorthanded to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

Saanich came back with a goal on the same powerplay at 8:49, to keep the game from getting out of hand.

The only goal scored during the second period was by Alexander Benger at 12:48. Thomas Spink and Matthew Sparrow assisted. There were no goals during the third period. The Panthers are a better team than their record indicates, but do the Braves play at the level of their competition?

Anderson Violette took the loss in net for the Braves, stopping 22 of 25 shots. Chris Ackerman earned the win with a 26-save performance.

Friday, the Storm rode the wave of Owen Christensen’s two-goal and three-point night in a game that showed offensive balance with Damon Kramer also scoring twice. Other goals came from Zach Trempner and Darren Hards.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, on Saturday, the Islanders defeated the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 5-3. It is nearly impossible to win when you are outshot by nearly a 3-to-1 ratio, 42-16. The Islanders went 2/5 on the man-advantage.

Rick Takeda and Logan Furkalo each scored two goals.

Wednesday the Braves visit the Wolves at The Q Centre again, while on Thursday the Oceanside Generals – having little to lose – visit the Victoria Cougars at Archie Browning Arena. Also on Thursday, the pesky Islanders visit the tough Buccaneers in Nanaimo. Each game has its implications.

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NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 43 31 9 0 98
Buccaneers 40 23 14 0 74
Generals 43 15 23 0 53
Glacier Kings 41 4 35 0 15
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 41 25 10 0 86
Islanders 42 20 15 0 69
Braves 43 18 16 0 67
Wolves 42 14 20 0 53
Panthers 43 13 21 0 52
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
B. Chacalias (VIC) 37 25 28 53
E. Easton (KPI) 41 22 31 53
B. Walters (NAN) 39 16 34 50
M. Dyck (CRS) 39 21 28 49
R. Gannon (NAN) 40 20 27 47
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
J Little (CRS) 13 8 1.91 .917
A de Kok (CRS) 28 22 1.97 .933
O Sikkes (VIC) 16 12 2.08 .935
C Stevenson (VIC) 22 16 2.15 .922
B Wood (NAN) 12 8 2.25 .910
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