By Peter Kung
November 9, 2012, ESQUIMALT, BC – The Victoria Cougars proved that the number “13” does not always have to be unlucky. Sam Rice, a model of consistency, recorded a goal and four assists as Victoria (19-0-0-1) ran its winning streak to 13 games following a 9-1 thrashing of the Kerry Park Islanders on Thursday night.
Last Saturday, Rice scored twice and added three helpers.
In five meetings this season, the Cougars have outscored Kerry Park 41-8 and have outshot their divisional rival by a margin of 257-100.
Mark Walton gave Victoria a 2-0 first period lead with his team leading 18th and 19th goals.
Also scoring for Victoria was Garrett Brandsma, Ben Kinshella, Brandon Egli, Matthew Ho, Jordan Davie, and Graham Zagrodney.
Corey Peterson replied for the Islanders (2-16-0-2).
The crowd at the Archie Browning Sports Centre roared and roared often as the Cougars took period leads of 3-0 and 6-1.
Walton opened the scoring at 6:26 after one-timing a Jake Daughtry centering pass past starting goaltender Jackson Jane. Then at 9:15, the diminutive forward banged home a Brandsma rebound for his eighth multiple point game.
Rice put Victoria ahead by a field goal 65 seconds later as he powered past a Kerry Park defender before beating Jane for his 13th goal of the season.
After Brandsma and Peterson exchanged early second period goals, Kinshella and Egli would also get into the act.
Brandsma surprised everyone after banking the puck off the back of the leg of Jane at 1:03.
Then at 3:04, Evan Roch had his shutout bid ruined by Peterson.
A roughing penalty to Kyle Peterson put the Cougars on only their second power play midway through the period. Left alone at the side of the net, Kinshella, at 12:25, took a carom off the end boards before depositing the puck into a wide open cage.
Assisting on the goal was Brody Coulter who extended his point streak to 17 games.
Wearing jersey number 13, Egli wired a point shot past Jane with just under two minutes remaining to give the newcomer his first point in his first game for Victoria.
No stranger to the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, Egli suited up for the Peninsula Panthers during the 2010-11 campaign before playing last season and the beginning of this year with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Jane, who allowed six goals on 34 shots, was replaced by Josh Alalouf at the start of the third period.
Five seconds after Islanders’ Brett Vesby stepped out of the penalty box, Ho scored to put the home side up by a converted touchdown at 1:35. Then at 5:57, Davie scored his first goal since October 11.
Setting up Davie was Brandon Workun who has 13 letters in his name.
Tensions boiled over midway through the period as two fights broke out in front the Victoria bench. And after the penalties were sorted out, Kerry Park’s Trevor Parkhouse and David Bittner both received instigating penalties for the part in the melee. In addition to his instigator penalty, Bittner got an addition two minutes for being the aggressor.
Working with a two-man advantage, Zagrodney rounded out the scoring at 11:37 with a laser beam from the point.
The Cougars outshot the Islanders 17-5 in the first period, 17-11 in the second, and 15-3 in the third for a game total of 49-19.
In Nanaimo, Corey Renwick scored twice and Cameron Large turned aside 24 shots to lead the hometown Buccaneers past the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 5-3.
Next game for Victoria is Friday, November 9 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, Sam Rice (Goals: 1, Assists: 4)
2nd star, Brandon Workun (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
3rd star, Matthew Ho (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)