by Peter Kung
September 16, 2012, PARKSVILLE, BC – A four goal third period outburst helped propel the Victoria Cougars to a 6-2 win over the Oceanside Generals on Saturday night.
Nathan Chen-Mack led the attack with a pair of goals while Mark Walton, Brody Coulter, David Marshall, and Rhys Williams each added singles.
Replying for Oceanside was Cam McCarrick and Will McNamara.
For the second straight game, the Cougars got off to an unusually slow start.
The two teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes before Victoria (4-0-0) regained the lead with the only goal of the second period.
It was a defensive battle until the floodgates opened.
After Ryan Buse was unable to keep the puck onside, the Cougars quickly pounced on it and rushed the other way. Marshall, with help from both Graham Zagrodney and Jordan Davie, scored his first goal of the season at 2:10 to give Victoria a 3-1 lead.
Just over three minutes later, a give-and-go between Sam Rice and Chen-Mack resulted in an early birthday present for the diminutive forward.
Chen-Mack turns 18-years-old on September 17.
A tripping penalty to Chandler Bruyckere at 6:47 put the Cougars on their fourth power play of the night. And with Bruyckere only 19 seconds away from stepping out onto the ice, Williams fired the puck through goaltender Josh Alalouf.
After the goal, Oceanside (1-3-1) called a timeout.
But over a minute later, Chen-Mack lit the lamp again for his team leading fifth goal after his shot beat Alalouf from the slot.
Michael Herringer got the start in net for Victoria and was solid in his second win of the season.
The Cougars opened the scoring at 8:59 of the first period when Walton found the back of the net during a pileup in the crease.
However, the Generals responded just over a minute later when McCarrick gobbled up a loose puck and fired it past Herringer from the high slot.
And with Victoria clinging to a 2-1 lead with four minutes remaining in the opening period, Herringer showed why he was selected by the Victoria Royals in the 2011 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Seemingly down and out, Herringer flashed the leather to rob McNamara of a sure goal. The save drew several oohs and ahhs from the crowd at Oceanside Place.
It remained 1-1 until the 17:26 mark of the second period. Coulter scored his second goal of the season after blowing past Liam Peel and then making Alalouf commit before depositing the puck into a wide open cage.
McNamara closed out the scoring with just over six minutes remaining in regulation when his centering pass deflected in off the skate of Jake Stolz.
Special teams again played a key role as the Cougars went 2-for-6 on the power play while their penalty kill went a perfect 2-for-2.
Victoria outshot the Generals 39-22 overall.
Next game for the Cougars is Wednesday, September 19 against the Westshore Wolves. Game time at Bear Mountain Arena, located at 1767 Island Highway, is 7:30 p.m.
1st star, Brody Coulter (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)
2nd star, Dane Feeney (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
3rd star, Nathan Chen-Mack (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)