By Peter Kung
November 2, 2012, Victoria, BC – The Victoria Cougars opened a three-games-in-three-nights stretch with a 3-1 win over the Nanaimo Buccaneers Thursday night. Scoring for the home side, who led 2-0 after one period and 3-1 after two, were Nathan Chen-Mack, Dane Feeney, and Thomas Strocel.
Lynden Eddy replied for Nanaimo.
The Cougars (16-0-0-1) received a two-man advantage early in the contest after Jonathan Speer and Quentin McShane were penalized 52 seconds apart.
But it wasn’t until the power play became a five-on-four when Victoria found a crack in its opposition’s armour.
Chen-Mack opened the scoring at 5:20 after tapping home a loose puck. Assisting on the goal was Ben Kinshella whose shot had trickled behind goaltender Riley Medves.
The Buccaneers (7-10-0-1), who entered the game with the league’s worst power play, got a chance for redemption when they went on their first and only man advantage a minute later.
But textbook penalty killing, especially from Kinshella, kept Nanaimo off the score sheet.
Feeney, who extended his point streak to 17 games, padded the lead at 11:27. After pick pocketing Jake Calverley, Feeney wired the puck top shelf for his 14th goal of the season.
The score remained 2-0 until the 1:22 mark of the second period. Sloppy defense in front of goaltender Evan Roch led to Eddy scoring his first goal since October 18.
Jake Daughtry, who was named the game’s first star, started an odd man rush led by Mark Walton. Fighting off the back-checking of Shane Dial, Walton slid the puck over to Strocel who beat Medves at 5:46.
Medves, bailed out by both the goal post and cross bar later in the game, made 36-of-39 saves.
Trailing by a pair of goals, the Buccaneers pulled Medves for an extra attacker with 1:09 remaining in regulation. Nanaimo buzzed around the Cougars net but could not beat Roch.
And with Medves still on the bench, Sam Rice had 25.9 seconds to prolong his point streak to 17 games. Deep in the Buccaneers zone, Coulter fed the puck out to Rice who took the pass on his backhand. And before Rice could pull the trigger, time ran out.
Coulter and Graham Zagrodney led Victoria with six shots apiece.
The Cougars went 1-for-4 on the power play.
Roch, who improved to 9-0-0-0, faced a season low ten shots.
The hit of the night belonged to Feeney who flattened Garrett Dunlop midway through the second period. After the hit, Dunlop had a few choice words with Feeney.
In Colwood, Braeden Cross recorded three assists and Jackson Jane made 35 saves to lead the visiting Kerry Park Islanders past the Westshore Wolves 5-2.
Next game for Victoria is Friday, November 2 against the Peninsula Panthers. Game time at the Panorama Recreation Centre, located at 1885 Forest Park Drive, is 7:30 p.m.
- 1st star, Jake Daughtry (Goals: 0, Assists: 1)
- 2nd star, Jake Stolz (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)
- 3rd star, Riley Medves (Saves: 36, Save Percentage: .923)