By Peter Kung, Photos by Dave Burgess
October 12, 2012, Victoria, BC – The woeful wayc continued for the winless Kerry Park Islanders as they were blasted by the Victoria Cougars 9-1 in the first half of a home-and-home series on Thursday night at Archie Browing Sports Complex in Esquimalt.
Mark Walton, who was named the game’s first star, recorded a goal and two assists.
Both Victoria and Islanders will have tomorrow off to reenergize their batteries before renewing pleasantries Saturday in Kerry Park.
Connor Krupa spoiled the shutout bid of Cougars’ goaltender Evan Roch with 13 minutes and 26-seconds remaining in the game. But the goal would prove futile as Victoria was leading 7-0 up to that point.
The Cougars (11-0-0-1) got their mojo back in a big way.
After a subpar performance in its last game, Victoria responded by going 4-for-13 on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. They even scored a shorthanded goal.
Kerry Park goaltender Jackson Jane tries to save a Cougar shot with #17 Nathan Chen-Mack of the Cougars providing a distraction (Photo: Dave Burgess / Victoria Cougars)
The Cougars opened the scoring on the power play at 11:46 of the first period when Walton tipped home a Brody Coulter point shot.
Sitting in the sin bin at the time of the goal was Kyle Peterson who was ejected midway through the third period after taking his third stick infraction.
73 seconds after David Bittner put Victoria on its fourth power play, Ben Kinshella made it 2-0 after pouncing all over a Walton rebound.
Joshua Alalouf, who was traded from the Oceanside Generals earlier in the week for defenseman James Sneddon, got the start in net.
The newly acquired goalie came up huge after robbing Walton on a breakaway late in the period to keep it a two goal game.
It remained 2-0 until the 7:22 mark of the second period.
After stealing the puck off an Islanders’ defender, Dane Feeney cut in front of the net and flipped a cheeky shot over the catching glove of Alalouf.
Victoria was handed its fifth power play after Alex Milligan took a slashing penalty at 8:39. Half a minute in, Feeney got his stick in front of a Sam Rice shot for his second goal of the game.
Then just under a minute later, Walton centered the puck out to Garrett Brandsma who scored his first of two goals.
Walton now has six points in two games against the Islanders this season.
Making his debut was 18-year-old forward Thomas Strocel. A product of the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association, Strocel recorded his first point after setting up Wade Johnson at 16:41.
Kerry Park made a goaltending change to start the final frame.
Roch, who faced a game total of 20 shots, made his best save of the season after flashing the leather on Nolan Kinney.
30 seconds after the save, Brandsma, at 1:52, snapped the puck past Jackson Jane from the right faceoff circle to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
A shorthanded breakaway goal from Kinshella at 9:16 and a power play goal from Jordan Davie at 12:44 would round out the scoring.
Jane stopped 14-of-17 shots in relief while Alalouf made 22-of-28 saves.
The woes continue for the Islanders (0-9-1-1) who now have a goal differential of minus-41.
In Nanaimo, Lynden Eddy scored twice to lead the Buccaneers to a 5-2 win over the Campbell River Storm.