By Peter Kung
November 19, 2012, ESQUIMALT, BC – Revenge is sweet. The Victoria Cougars turned the tables on Comox Valley in a big way Sunday afternoon, routing the North Island Division leading Glacier Kings 9-3.
Brody Coulter continued his assault on the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League by adding two more goals and two more assists to his already impressive repertoire.
Victoria (22-0-0-1) avenged an early season loss to the Glacier Kings.
Ben Kinshella also scored a pair of goals while Graham Zagrodney, Mark Walton, Garrett Brandsma, Jake Stolz, and David Marshall each added singles.
Filling in for Sam Rice on the top line was Nathan Chen-Mack who chipped in with four helpers.
Comox Valley (12-10-0-2) went with 16-year-old Denon Maximchuck in net. With starting goaltender Michael Hails still sidelined with an injury and Maximchuck recording the win on Saturday; the choice was obvious.
Until the rookie faced the league’s No. 1 ranked power play.
And after all the numbers were crunched at the end of the game, the Cougars went an impressive 5-for-9 with the man advantage.
Kinshella opened the scoring at 5:36 of the first period when he converted a Dane Feeney pass into a goal. Also picking up an assist was Coulter who extended his point streak to 20 games.
Then at 8:22, Walton scored his 21st goal of the season after tipping home a Zagrodney point shot.
Victoria increased its lead at 14:52 when Kinshella teamed up with Walton and Zagrodney.
And with 1:12 remaining in the opening period, Wade Bartlett broke down the left wing, eluded a check along the boards, and wired a shot past Evan Roch to make the score 3-1.
Bartlett scored the shootout winner the last time the two teams met.
The Glacier Kings went on a power play late in the period after Walton received a double minor for high-sticking. Victoria successfully killed off the penalty which had three minutes and 35-seconds carried over into the middle frame.
An odd man rush led to another Cougars score. Carrying the puck over enemy lines, Feeney made a tape-to-tape pass over to Coulter who beat Maximchuck at 4:54 for the game’s first even strength goal.
But 47 seconds later, Jack Kennelly halved the lead when his wraparound eluded Roch.
A hooking penalty to Kennelly at 12:25 put Victoria back on the power play. And in a blink of an eye, Zagrodney increased the lead to 5-2 with a wrist shot 16 seconds later.
Brandsma, who was a physical force all night, was rewarded for his efforts at 12:57 when his shot along the ice found its way to the back of the net.
Then at 17:36, Chen-Mack centered the puck out to Coulter who picked the top corner.
After 40 minutes, the Cougars held a commanding 7-2 lead.
Stolz sent Maximchuck to the bench for good at 2:04 of the third period after his weak point shot twinkled the twine. The Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association product made 26 saves before making way to Josh Round.
Comox Valley, at 6:09, tallied its third and final goal from Mitch Ball who scored from almost the exact same spot where Bartlett had done so earlier.
Marshall rounded out the scoring with a power play goal with 23.4 seconds remaining in regulation.
Victoria, who played without Rice, outshot the Glacier Kings 41-29.
Jamie Severs tallied a pair of assists in his Cougars debut. The former Campbell River Storm forward also dished out a couple of bone crushing hits.
Comox Valley was playing its third game in three nights which included making a pair of trips to the South Island.
In Parksville, Nathan Looysen scored once and added three assists to help lead the visiting Peninsula Panthers to a 7-4 victory over the Oceanside Generals.
Next game for Victoria is Thursday, November 22 against the Saanich Braves. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
1st star, Nathan Chen-Mack (Goals: 0, Assists: 4)
2nd star, Ben Kinshella (Goals: 2, Assists: 1)
3rd star, Graham Zagrodney (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)