Cougars Dominate the Storm

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Peter Kung

The Victoria Cougars mauled the Campbell River Storm 10-1 before 981 fans at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena on Friday night.

It was the most lopsided loss of the season for Campbell River, who was outshot 37-28.

The Cougars led 4-0 after one period and 5-0 after two.

Sam Rice and Chris Bannister led the way with a pair of goals while Connor Stephens, Jake Nixon, Steve Axford, Colin Minardi, Robert Zadra, and Wade Johnson each added singles.

Also chipping in with three assists were Nathan Chen-Mack and Mark Walton.

Stephens opened the scoring on a powerplay at 10:24 after labelling the puck top corner. Nixon made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal from the slot at 13:04.

Rice then scored on a breakaway at 16:58 after taking a beautiful pass from Chen-Mack. And with 40 seconds remaining in the period, Bannister closed out the scoring with a powerplay goal of his own.

Victoria (31-5-0-1) would go on to score the only goal of the middle frame despite getting outshot 11-9.

At 15:07, Axford scored his 22nd goal of the season after tipping home a Kurtis Kunz point shot.

Evan Roch, who came up with several big saves in the first 40 minutes, had his shutout bid ruined by Alex Benjestorf.

With the period not even a minute old, Rice lit the lamp again with another breakaway goal at the 33 second mark.

Minardi made it 7-1 with a powerplay goal at 11:02 and just under two minutes later, again on a man advantage, Zadra would score from the point.

Johnson gave the Cougars their ninth goal, scoring on a breakaway at 14:05. Then Bannister, on a powerplay, scored his second of the night with 12 seconds remaining in the game.

Victoria, who extended its win streak to 11 games, went 5-for-13 with the man advantage. The Storm went 0-for-6.

Starting in net for Campbell River (12-22-0-1) was Nick Babich who allowed seven goals on 25 shots in 47 minutes and ten seconds of work. Pierce Dushenko came on in relief and made nine of twelve saves.

Next game for the Cougars is Thursday, February 2 against the Saanich Braves. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:15 p.m.

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