By Peter Kung
October 18, 2012, Victoria, BC – The Victoria Cougars scored five power play goals en route to a 9-1 win over the Westshore Wolves in VIJHL action on a cold and rainy Thursday evening.
Brody Coulter did most of the damage – scoring twice and assisting on Victoria’s second, third, fourth, and sixth goals.
The Cougars led 2-0 after one period and 4-0 after two.
Coulter’s line-mates were also productive. Dane Feeney chipped in with three goals and two helpers while Sam Rice scored once and added a pair of assists.
The trio accounted for 15 points the last time the two teams met.
For Feeney and Rice, both players extended their point streaks to 14 games.
Also lighting the lamp for Victoria (13-0-0-1) was Wade Johnson, Ben Kinshella, and Nathan Chen-Mack.
Spencer Preece replied in a losing cause.
Despite a lackluster start, the Cougars finally managed to break through the armour of starting goaltender Alec Dillon. From the half wall, Kinshella fed the puck to Coulter who wired it from the point and in at 8:13.
Sitting in the sin bin was Brady Walker-Brock who had a minute and 34-seconds remaining in his roughing penalty.
Dylan Grant put the Cougars on their fourth and final power play of the period. Rice, who was tripped by Grant on the preceding play, beat Dillon with a laser from just inside the blue line at 17:13.
Dillon, a superstar in the making, was shaken up early in the second period after taking a Rice slap shot to the neck/shoulder area. After gathering his thoughts, Dillon was back on his feet.
Victoria padded its lead at 16:53 on Feeney’s first of three goals.
Feeney, on a power play, gave the Cougars a 4-0 lead after converting a Rice rebound into a goal at 18:41.
The score remained that way until the 2:16 mark of the third period. Skating down the right side, Kinshella centered the puck over to Johnson who deflected it in for his sixth goal of the season.
Dillon, who stopped 28-of-33 shots to that point, was replaced by Matt Chester.
94 seconds after the goaltending change, Feeney fired the puck off the far post and in for his first three-goal game.
Kinshella put Victoria ahead by a converted touchdown after beating Chester low blocker side.
Then from a sharp angle, Coulter gave the Cougars an 8-0 lead with a power play goal.
Preece, who scored three goals against the Oceanside Generals the night prior, broke the shutout bid of Evan Roch at 12:43. The goal came with Mark Walton in the box serving a holding penalty.
A cross-checking penalty on Chen-Mack courtesy of Jonathan Bond put Victoria on a late power play. Chen-Mack got the last laugh after banging home a David Marshall rebound with just over a minute remaining in regulation.
Chester made 19 saves on 23 shots as the Wolves were outshot 56-20.
The Cougars went 5-for-11 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Garrett Brandsma, who wallpapered Westshore’s Josh Bloomenthal into the end boards early in the middle frame, exchanged blows with Nicholas Hayes in a spirited third period fight.
The Wolves (8-7-0-0) were without their leading scorer Max Mois who was still nursing an injury.
In Nanaimo, Dane Gibson scored twice and Stephen Heslop made 28 saves to lead the Peninsula Panthers to a 4-2 victory over the hometown Buccaneers.
Next game for Victoria is Friday, October 19 against the Saanich Braves. Game time at the George R. Pearkes Community Recreation Centre, located at 3100 Tillicum Road, is 6:30 p.m.
1st star, Dane Feeney (Goals: 3, Assists: 2)
2nd star, Brody Coulter (Goals: 2, Assists: 4)
3rd star, Ben Kinshella (Goals: 1, Assists: 3)</p