VICTORIA COUGARS GO FOR LUCKY NUMBER 13
The Victoria Cougars (18-0-0-1) are back at home to take on the Kerry Park Islanders (2-15-0-2) this Thursday.
Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m. Victoria has won its last twelve games and during that span it has outscored the opposition by a combined score of 67-20.
Mark Van Helvoirt and his troops are coming off a stretch where they played three games in three nights. Last Thursday, the Cougars beat the visiting Nanaimo Buccaneers 3-1 before venturing out on a mini two game road swing.
After blanking the Peninsula Panthers 3-0 on Friday, Victoria then skated to a 6-2 victory over the Islanders on Saturday. Thursday night’s game marks the fifth of eight regular season meetings between the Cougars and Kerry Park.
Holding the hot hand against the Islanders this season are Sam Rice (5g-9a) and Brody Coulter (1g-13a) who have 14 points each. Rice collected two goals and three assists in Saturday night’s contest while Coulter scored once and added three helpers.
Mark Walton, who recorded a pair of goals and assists on Saturday, has 13 points (8g-5a) in four games against Kerry Park.
For the Islanders, Kyle Peterson has three goals and one assist when facing Victoria. Not only is Coulter and Rice leading the way in points against Kerry Park, they also sit 1-2 in league scoring. Coulter, who is on a 16-game point streak since the fourth game of the season, has 14 goals and 37 assists for 51 points. Meanwhile, Rice has 12 goals and 35 assists for 47 points.
Goaltender Evan Roch is 10-0-0-0 and possesses a league low 1.50 goals against average. His partner Michael Herringer, a 16-year-old phenom, sits third in the league with a G.A.A. of 2.48.
After collecting their first two victories of the season, a 7-4 win against Peninsula and then a 5-2 triumph over the Westshore Wolves, the Islanders suddenly find themselves on a two game losing streak. In their last game, Kerry Park dropped a 5-4 decision to the Saanich Braves.
Peterson scored twice while Tylor Branzsen and Alex Milligan each added singles in a losing cause. Getting the start in net was Jackson Jane who faced 40 shots.
The Islanders rank seventh in the league in goals for per game (3.00) and last in goals against per game (5.74). Peterson leads all Kerry Park scorers with 14 goals, 13 assists, 27 points, and 89 penalty minutes.