By Peter Kung
October 13, 2012, Mill Bay, BC – The Victoria Cougars faced the Kerry Park Islanders Saturday night in the second half of a home and home set and continued their dominance, cruising to a 7-1 win.
Just prior to the opening faceoff, “I Gotta Feeling” bleared through the Kerry Park Recreation Centre pronouncing that “tonight’s gonna be a good night.”
It was undeniably a good night…for the visiting Victoria Cougars.
Mark Walton scored twice and then added an assist late in the game as Victoria drubbed the Kerry Park Islanders 7-1 on a cold and rainy Saturday evening.
Also lighting the lamp were Sam Rice, Jake Daughtry, Ben Kinshella, Thomas Strocel, and Graham Zagrodney.
Victoria (12-0-0-1), who got a game’s worth of shots in the first period alone, wrapped up a successful home-and-home series.
Rice opened the scoring at 11:45 of the first period after one-timing a centering pass from Brody Coulter. Also assisting on the goal was Dane Feeney who along with Rice extended their point streaks to 12 games.
Then just under two minutes later, Daughtry banged in a Jordan Davie rebound for his first goal of the season.
The Cougars outshot Kerry Park 26-6 in the period. And after all was said and done, Victoria had peppered goaltender Jackson Jane with 76 shots.
A roughing penalty to Kyle Peterson early in the middle frame put the Cougars on their third power play of the night.
It did not take long for the league’s top power play to make good of the situation. At 1:37, Kinshella scored from in close to give Victoria a three goal lead.
After successfully killing off a pair of two-man advantages, Kerry Park got one of its own for over a minute. However, tenacious penalty killing limited the Islanders to only one shot on goal.
Strocel padded the Cougars lead after wiring a shot past Jane from the high slot at 15:28. For the former product of the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association, it was his second point in as many games.
Then over a minute later, Walton scored his first of two.
It remained 5-0 until the 7:54 mark of the third period when Walton ripped a shot top corner. Assisting on Walton’s team leading 12th goal were Jake Stolz and Zagrodney.
Sitting in the sin bin was Jerry Vale who had all but ten seconds expired in his boarding penalty.
A penalty shot was awarded to Peterson at 11:33 after he was hooked from behind during a breakaway.
Skating slowly and methodically, Peterson waited for Michael Herringer to commit before sliding it past the rookie netminder.
Victoria went on its final power play of the night after Braden Lundahl was penalized for high-sticking. And with one minute and 45-seconds remaining in regulation, Zagrodney closed out the scoring with a howitzer from the point.
The woes continued for Kerry Park (0-10-1-1) who was outscored 16-2 and outshot 121-44 during its two game set with the Cougars.
David Bittner received an automatic one game suspension after instigating a fight with Victoria’s Garrett Brandsma six minutes into the second period.
The Cougars went 3-for-9 on the power play while going a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Herringer made 23 saves for his fifth win of the season.
In Parksville, Josh Gray and Ty Jones recorded three points apiece as the Saanich Braves topped the Oceanside Generals 5-2. And in Courtenay, goalkeeper Stephen Heslop backstopped the Peninsula Panthers to a 1-0 win over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.
Next game for Victoria is Thursday, October 18 against the Westshore Wolves. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.