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The Kerry Park Islanders proved to be a handful Sunday night for the South Division-leading Victoria Cougars.

The Islanders wasted little time in scoring the first goal on the powerplay at 30 seconds. Tanner Tiel found pay-dirt from Evan Easton and Brandon McClintick.

The Cougars would score two powerplay goals of their own at 1:40 and 5:11 from Marshall Brown and Grady Birk. The period would end 2-1.

Then the Islanders went to work scoring four consecutive goals during the second period. Again, right off the hop, they pounced with Isaak Leik scoring at 57 seconds while on the powerplay. It is a rarity for a game to have all four goals (to that point) scored on the man advantage.

Easton at 3:55, Tiel with his second at 8:41 and Logan Furkalo at 13:40 would give the home team a 5-2 lead.

Easton is a nearby Duncan native. The 19-year-old is on pace to score at four times the rate of last season. Currently, he has scored 23 goals and picked up 34 assists for 57 points in 42 games played. Last season with the Islanders his point totals were 9-6-15 in 46 games. He currently leads the league in the regular season points race, two points up on Booker Chacalias who he was playing against Sunday night.

Brown would score his second and Mateo Albinati also tallied to close out the second period now 5-4 and clearly with a momentum shift in Victoria’s favour.

Brown is a 19-year-old Quesnel native, who has spent parts of four years with the Westshore Wolves, Peninsula Panthers, and Cougars. Currently, he is two points shy of his total of 39 in 44 games played in just 40 games so far this season. This is his third consecutive year averaging .9 points per game.

Bryce Irwin would score on the powerplay at 3:15 to tie the game. Alex Engan was sitting for two minutes on a holding call.

Booker Chacalias would score the game-winner at 3:50 of overtime from Albinati and Kevan McBean.

Six Cougars would earn multiple point games. While Evan Easton led the way for the Islanders with one goal and three assists.

Rett Rook would take the loss in net for the Islanders with his 33-save performance, meanwhile, Cam Stevenson and Owen Sikkes split duties manning the Victoria net. Stevenson was credited with the win, stopping all 25-shots that he faced.

The Cougars went 3 for 12 on the man advantage and the Islanders scored twice on their seven opportunities. Perhaps if the Islanders didn’t get into penalty trouble, the outcome would be different.

The Islanders move into second place in the South Division with the one point earned in overtime ahead of the Saanich Braves. Next up for the Mill Bay-based team is a visit to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers on Thursday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Next up for the Cougars is a date with the Oceanside Generals also on Thursday at Archie Browning Arena, puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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 42 25 10 0 88
Islanders 43 20 15 0 70
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
E. Easton (KPI) 42 23 34 57
B. Chacalias (VIC) 38 26 29 55
B. Walters (NAN) 39 16 34 50
M. Dyck (CRS) 39 21 28 49
M. Albinati (VIC) 32 24 24 48
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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
C Stevenson (VIC) 23 17 2.08 .925
B Wood (NAN) 12 8 2.25 .910
O Sikkes (VIC) 17 12 2.33 .927
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