Thursday, October 25, 2012

Victoria Cougars hoping to weather the Storm tonight #yyj #hockey @cougarsjuniorB

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Victoria Cougars (14-0-0-1) host the Campbell River Storm (3-8-0-2) in a non-divisional matchup tonight. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.

Victoria attempts to extend its winning streak to nine games while at the same time try to hand the Storm its ninth straight loss. Mark Van Helvoirt and his troops have yet to lose in regulation.

The Cougars made it eight in a row following a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Saanich Braves last Friday. Trailing 2-0 after one period, Victoria roared back with three unanswered goals.

Graham Zagrodney scored the game winner on a power play with 1:46 remaining the third period to cap off the comeback. Also scoring for the Cougars were Sam Rice and Dane Feeney. For Rice and Feeney, both players enter tonight’s contest riding 15-game point streaks.

Evan Roch got the start in net Friday and stopped 25-of-27 shots. The reigning Ray’s Sports Centre trophy winner improved to 8-0-0-0 on the season and reduced his goals against average to a league low 1.75. Roch has allowed two or fewer goals in seven of his eight starts.

Victoria leads the league in points (29), wins (14), goals for per game (6.07), goals against per game (2.07), goal differential (+60), and power play percentage (36.4). As of Tuesday, Brody Coulter, Rice, and Feeney were ranked 1-2-3 in league scoring.

After taking the league by storm, Campbell River has cooled off. The Storm took seven out of a possible ten points to start the season. But since then, Campbell River has dropped its last eight games.

When the Storm hits the ice tonight, head coach Rob Voltera will not be behind the bench. Voltera, along with assistant coach Dave Wing and goaltending coach Tyson Hicks were all released last week. Former VIJHL alumnus Ryan Toporowksi now has the arduous task to right the ship.

Toporowski is 0-2-0-1 since making his head coaching debut last Friday. In its last outing, Campbell River dropped a 6-5 shootout decision to the Peninsula Panthers.

Scoring for the Storm was Brady Janzen with a pair, Scott Salberg, Colin Blake, and Tyson Rennie. Getting the start in net was Jordan Salas who made 41-of-46 saves in regulation and stopped one of two shooters in the shootout.

Campbell River has been involved in eight one-goal games – having won only twice. Rennie leads all Storm scorers with ten goals and five assists for 15 points. Tonight’s tilt marks the second of four regular season meetings between Victoria and Campbell River.

Back on September 28, David Marshall, Jake Stolz, and Mark Walton helped propel the Cougars to a 3-2 win. Victoria led 1-0 after one period and 3-2 after two. Goaltender Michael Herringer stopped all seven third period shots to preserve the victory.

Rennie scored both goals for the Storm in that game.

The Cougars went 1-for-8 on the power play; meanwhile, Campbell River went 1-for-4.

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