The Victoria Cougars have been near perfect at home.
That does not bode well for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.
Victoria goes for its fifth consecutive victory and ninth straight win on home ice when it hosts Comox Valley this Thursday.
Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:15 p.m.
Mark Van Helvoirt and his troops return to the ice after being off for 13 days.
Entering Thursday night’s contest, the Cougars (24-5-0-2) are scoring a league-high 4.6 goals per game while allowing a league-low 2.5 goals per game.
Victoria’s Brody Coulter leads all scorers in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League with 25 goals and 31 assists for 56 points. In the midst of a 17 game point streak, Coulter has been held off the score sheet only twice this season. And one of those games came against Comox Valley.
Since his arrival, Bryce Halverson has been nothing but stellar in net for the Cougars. Recently named V.I.J.H.L.’s Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 26, Halverson is 3-0-0-0 and leads the league with a 2.66 goals against average.
In their last game before the Christmas break, Victoria downed the Saanich Braves 6-1 on Dec. 22. Scoring for the Cougars were Kyle Richter, Wade Johnson, Sam Rice, Ryan Chan, Trevor Chown, and Coulter. Halverson made 19 saves which included turning aside all 11 shots in the second period.
During their four game win streak, the Cougars have outscored their opponents 26-12. And during their eight game home win streak, opponents have been outscored 42-17 during that stretch.
Coincidently, it was the Glacier Kings who handed Victoria its last loss at the A.B.S.C.
Thursday night’s game marks the final regular season appearance by Comox Valley (16-11-0-3) and the fifth of six encounters between the two non-divisional rivals. In their last meeting, back on Nov. 17, the Cougars evened the season series at two games apiece with a 4-1 victory.
After a 10-1-0-1 start to the season; the Glacier Kings are 6-10-0-2 in their last 18 games. In addition, Comox Valley has dropped its last five games on the road – having been outscored 21-9 in the process.
In their last game, which was played on Dec. 21, the Glacier Kings dropped a 2-1 decision to the Oceanside Generals. Adam Robertson scored the lone goal for Comox Valley which went 0-for-6 with the man advantage. 16-year-old rookie defenseman Garrett Halls was named the game’s third star.
The Glacier Kings will be looking to Jackson Garrett to get them back into the win column. Garrett sits in sole possession of second place in league scoring with 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points.
Cameron Large leads all goaltenders with a .916 save percentage. Against Victoria this season, Large has a .926 S.P. in four games.
Comox Valley, which is second overall in the standings, sits 14 points back of Victoria and six points ahead of both Oceanside and Saanich.
STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 49 points, South Island Division. Comox Valley – 1st place, 35 points, North Island Division
TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Brody Coulter, 25 goals; Brody Coulter, 31 assists; Robert Zadra, 103 penalty minutes. Comox Valley – Jackson Garrett, 22 goals; Jackson Garrett, 27 assists; Jackson Garrett, 107 penalty minutes
GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Bryce Halverson (2.66 goals against average, .884 save percentage); Evan Roch (2.81 goals against average, .889 save percentage). Comox Valley – Cameron Large (2.84 goals against average, .916 save percentage); Jackson Winkler (3.37 goals against average, .910 save percentage)
SEASON SERIES: Series tied, 2-2-0-0
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
November 17, 2011. Comox Valley Glacier Kings 1 @ Victoria Cougars 4
January 21, 2012. Victoria Cougars @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 13-1-0-1. Comox Valley – Away, 9-4-0-2
STREAKS: Victoria, 4-0-0-0. Comox Valley, 0-1-0-0
LAST TEN: Victoria, 8-2-0-0. Comox Valley, 3-6-0-1