Peter Kung/Christopher Kelsall
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Friday night, the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League results worked out in favour of the idle Victoria Cougars. Saturday, the Cougars took matters into their own hands and defeated the Kerry Park Islander 4-2.
Friday, the South Division-leading Westshore Wolves visited the Peninsula Panthers at Panorama and lost by the score of 5-2. The Kerry Park Islanders visited the surging Campbell River Storm, who lead the North Division and lost to them 3-1. Finally, the Oceanside Generals visited the Saanich Braves at Pearkes Arena and defeated them by the score of 7-3.
It was three results that the Cougars needed after losing to the Saanich Braves 3-1 Thursday night after losing 6-1 to the Storm on the previous Sunday. The South Division is tight and there was a near four-way tie for second place. The good news for the Cougars is that they have three games in-hand over the Wolves and two in-hand over the third-place Panthers.
After the two losses, Cougars Coach Suniel Karod said, “It seems like some players are okay with losing. I hope they are not okay with it. I know I hate losing. Even in recreational, beer league hockey, I hate to lose. This is competitive hockey. They need to want to win every night”
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Mateo Albinati scored three goals, while Patrick Ostermann stopped 40 shots, Saturday night.
Also scoring for Victoria was Foster Martin.
The Cougars, coming off an ugly loss to that Saanich Braves two nights ago, enjoyed period leads of 1-0 and 2-0.
Sampson McLean and Parker Ellis replied in a losing cause.
Victoria finished 1-for-5 on the power play and gave up a shorthanded goal. Meanwhile, the Islanders went 0-for-7 with the man advantage.
Parker Swanson made 20 saves in his debut for Kerry Park.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL: Oceanside Generals 4, Peninsula Panthers 3. Nanaimo Buccaneers 6, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 4.
Next game for the Cougars is Tuesday, November 28 versus the Peninsula Panthers. Game time at Panorama Recreation Centre, located at 1885 Forest Park Drive, is 7:30 p.m.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, Mateo Albinati (Goals: 3, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Patrick Ostermann (Saves: 40, Save Percentage: .952)
3rd star, Connor Bissett (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)
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