The Victoria Cougars will have revenge on their minds when they take on the Comox Valley Glacier Kings for the second time in less than a week this Thursday.
Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:15 p.m.
Victoria went into the Comox Valley Sports Centre on November 11 and left with a 6-3 loss.
Ryan Chan and Robert Zadra gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes but a five-goal second period outburst by Comox Valley led to their demise. Also scoring for Victoria, which scored all of their goals on the powerplay, was Brody Coulter.
Getting the start in net was Evan Roch who stopped 15-of-20 shots before getting replaced by Kiefer Giroux at the beginning of the third period. Giroux allowed one goal on six shots in relief.
Mitch Ball scored three times while Garrett Brandsma, Jordan Kamprath, and Michael Scobie each added singles for Comox Valley. Kamprath’s goal, which gave the Glacier Kings a 3-2 lead at the time, was scored shorthanded.
Cameron Large made a total of 35 saves which included turning aside 16-of-17 shots in the third period.
Thursday’s contest will showcase the top two scorers in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Coulter, who has 17 goals and 21 assists and Jackson Garrett, who has 19 goals and 19 assists, sit atop of the leaderboard with 38 points apiece.
Both teams also feature the league’s top three goaltenders. Giroux leads the way with a 2.13 goals against average followed by Large at 2.76 and Roch at 2.78.
Both teams are also 1-2 in both offense and defense. The Glacier Kings are scoring on average a league-high 4.79 goals per game followed closely by Victoria at 4.58 while the Cougars are allowing on average a league-low 2.47 goals per game followed by Comox Valley at 3.37.
The Cougars (15-3-1) are in tough this weekend.
After its game with the Glacier Kings, Victoria will travel to Campbell River to take on the Storm – winners of four of its last five games.
Cougars’ Steve Axford has recorded at least a point in his last 14 games. During that span, the five-foot-nine, 175-pound forward has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points.
Comox Valley (13-4-2) is back on track after dropping a home-and-home series to the surging Storm at the beginning of the month.
In their last game, the Glacier Kings defeated the hometown Kerry Park Islanders 4-2 last Saturday for their second win in a row. Kamprath, who recorded his second shorthanded goal in as many games, scored twice for Comox Valley. Also lighting the lamp was Myles Powell and Brandsma.
Large, who boasts a lightning quick glove, made 28 saves to improve to 7-1-1 on the season.
Two players to watch out for are Powell and Ball, both of whom are only 17-years-old. Powell sits fourth in league scoring with 18 goals and 16 assists while Ball has 11 points in seven games.
A young team, the Glacier Kings sports only one 20-year-old, one 19-year-old, eight 18-year-olds, nine 17-year-olds, and two 16-year-olds on their roster.
Comox Valley has yet to lose on the road in regulation.
STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 31 points, South Island Division. Comox Valley – 1st place, 28 points, North Island Division
TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Brody Coulter, 17 goals; Brody Coulter, 21 assists; Rhys Williams, 55 penalty minutes. Comox Valley – Jackson Garrett, 19 goals; Jackson Garrett, 19 assists; Jackson Garrett, 87 penalty minutes
GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Kiefer Giroux (2.13 goals against average, .917 save percentage); Evan Roch (2.78 goals against average, .886 save percentage). Comox Valley – Cameron Large (2.76 goals against average, .921 save percentage); Jackson Winkler (3.41 goals against average, .911 save percentage)
SEASON SERIES: Glacier Kings lead series, 2-1-0
PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:
October 20, 2011. Comox Valley Glacier Kings 5 @ Victoria Cougars 3
October 22, 2011. Victoria Cougars 2 @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings 1
November 11, 2011. Victoria Cougars 3 @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings 6
January 5, 2012. Comox Valley Glacier Kings @ Victoria Cougars
January 21, 2012. Victoria Cougars @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 7-1-1. Comox Valley – Away, 9-0-1
STREAKS: Victoria, 0-1-0. Comox Valley, 2-0-0
LAST TEN: Victoria, 6-3-1. Comox Valley, 5-3-2