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Brendan Rogers led the Nanaimo Buccaneers to a 6-4 win over the Westshore Wolves at The Q Centre Wednesday night. The 17-year-old Nanaimo native scored twice and set up two others including the game-winner at 17:49 of the third period that was scored by Aiden Sutherland.

Nanaimo opened the scoring at 7:23 of the first period with a powerplay marker by Nathan Hauser. Trey Watson and Rogers earned assists. Two-minutes and 17 seconds later, Connor Eddy scored from Zach Whittaker and Dylan Parsons. The first period ended tied at one-a-piece.

The Wolves would capitalize on the powerplay at 5:03 of the second period with Kahil Fontana – the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Play of the Week – scoring from Keegan Durrance; to take a 2-1 lead, but Nanaimo would come back with two, one unassisted goal by Dylan Devers at 13:54 while on the powerplay. Rogers would score his first from Riley Gannon at 16:01. The second period saw both teams fire 15 shots on goal.

Rogers second period goal seemed to provide a momentum shift, as Devers, Sutherland – with that winner – and Rogers with his second, would score during the third period, to outpace the Wolves 4-2 in that final frame. Chase O’Keefe and Eddy would score at 13:46 and 14:50 to tie the game, but it was short-lived, in less than a minute Nanaimo put the game away with the final two goals coming at 17:49 and 18:43 respectively.

The Buccaneers powerplay went 3/5, while the Wolves 2/5.

Blake Wood would stop 28 of 32 shots in the Nanaimo net for the win, while Jordan Spandli took the 25-save loss for the Wolves.

Elsewhere in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, the Victoria Cougars defeated the Kerry Park Islanders on Tuesday night. It was a missed opportunity for the Islanders, who enjoyed seven powerplay opportunities, but failed to capitalize on any of them, while Victoria scored once on their four opportunities.

Thursday will see a pair of games as the Saanich Braves will pay a visit to the Victoria Cougars at Archie Browning Arena. The puck will drop at 7:00 pm. The Peninsula Panthers will visit the Buccaneers at 7:15 pm.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 39 27 9 0 86
Buccaneers 35 21 12 0 66
Generals 40 14 22 0 49
Glacier Kings 38 4 32 0 15
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 39 24 10 0 81
Islanders 40 19 15 0 64
Braves 39 17 14 0 63
Wolves 39 14 18 0 52
Panthers 39 11 19 0 46
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
E. Easton (KPI) 39 21 30 51
B. Chacalias (VIC) 35 23 26 49
B. McClintick (KPI) 35 9 35 44
T. Tiel (KPI) 35 21 22 43
B. Walters (NAN) 35 15 28 43
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
B Wood (NAN) 9 7 1.74 .928
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
O Sikkes (VIC) 15 11 1.94 .940
A de Kok (CRS) 25 19 1.97 .932
J Little (CRS) 12 7 1.99 .912
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