by Peter Kung
September 23, 2012, COURTENAY, BC – It wasn’t the homecoming Garrett Brandsma and Michael Herringer had in mind. In fact, neither did the rest of their teammates, as Wade Bartlett’s goal in the fifth round of a shootout lifted the Comox Valley Glacier Kings past the Victoria Cougars 4-3 on Saturday night.
Brandsma, a native of Powell River, BC, returned to where he once called home for the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Herringer, born and raised in Comox, played for the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association.
After Wade Johnson was unable to put the puck past Glacier Kings’ netminder Matt Mitchell, Bartlett quickly put an end to things after he beat Herringer with a backhander for the only goal of the shootout.
The loss dropped the Cougars to 6-0-1 on the season. Comox Valley has now won two straight after starting the season with three losses and one overtime loss.
Michael Scobie was given a golden opportunity in overtime when he was awarded a penalty shot after getting hauled down at the 34 second mark. However, Scobie fired the puck directly into Herringer’s breadbasket.
Victoria opened the scoring on a power play goal from Brody Coulter. At 6:21 of the first period, Coulter floated the puck past Mitchell for the only goal of the first period.
Brook Trainor tied the game at the 4:06 mark of the middle frame after he blew the puck by Herringer from the slot.
A penalty for too many men on the ice put the Cougars behind the eight ball. 15 seconds later, Rylan Ball teamed up Mitch Ball and Adam Robertson to give Comox Valley the lead.
Poor defensive coverage led to a Desmond Bast goal at 11:03. And all of a sudden Victoria found itself trailing 3-1.
Trying to make up for a disastrous second period where they allowed three unasnswered goals and were outshot 12-5, the Cougars looked for some sort of mojo in the final 20 minutes.
Dane Feeney pulled Victoria to within a goal at 2:44 after he beat Mitchell from in close. Looking on from the sin bin was R. Ball who had 35 seconds remaining in his interference penalty.
Then with less than two minutes to play in regulation, Jordan Kamprath was penalized for slashing Coulter.
Victoria sent the game to overtime on a goal by Ben Kinshella with only 1.7 seconds remaining on the clock. After Mitchell was unable to corral a rebound, the puck bounced out to Kinshella who twinkled the twine before the sound of the buzzer.
The goal came with Herringer at the bench for an extra attacker,
During overtime, Cougars’ defenseman Rhys Williams broke up a 3-on-1 rush.
Victoria, who went 3-for-8 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill, outshot the Glacier Kings 28-22 which included an 11-4 margin in the third period.
Next game for the Cougars is Thursday, September 27 against the Peninsula Panthers. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt, Road, is 7:00 p.m.
1st star, Brody Coulter (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)
2nd star, Nick Tupper (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Matt Mitchell (Saves: 25, Save Percentage: .893)