With Photos from Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
November 24, 2012, Victoria, B.C. — Nathan Warren stopped 23 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as the Cariboo Cougars scored four third period goals en route to a 7-0 win over the South Island Royals in Victoria.
Cariboo took the early lead just over five minutes into the game off a powerplay marker from Brad Morrison. Cougars’ forward Ryan Forbes circled around the net and threw the puck in front for Morrison who quickly tapped the puck past Royals starter Jesse Jenks.
Tre Potskin would double the Cariboo lead less than a minute later after he corralled a loose puck in the slot and fired it under the blocker of the Royals’ netminder. The two goals from the Cougars would hold up as the only markers in the frame as they lead 2-0 going into the first intermission.
The only goal of the second period came just past the 10 minute mark of the period as Cariboo stretched their lead to three. On the man-advantage, Liam Blackburn found Baiden Epp in front of goal who made a quick move on Jenks and put the puck past the goaltender’s outstretched glove. South Island found themselves down 3-0 after 40 minutes of play with the shots 28-17 in favor of the Cougars.
In the third, it wasn’t until the 10:05 mark that Kenny Nordstrom stepped up to put in a Blackburn rebound past Jenks which started a flurry of goals for the Cats. Less than two minutes later, Blackburn notched his 13th of the year from Epp and Logan Styler, on the power play to make it 5-0, chasing Jenks from the net as Royals head coach Geoff Grimwood put Markus Daly in for mop-up duty.
Eli Jarvis made it 6-0 Cats sliding the puck in five-hole past Daly on a breakaway after a beautiful feed from Potskin. Riley Pettitt scored his fourth with just over a minute remaining in the third.
Epp and Blackburn both finished the game with three points while Morrison, Potskin, and Nordstrom each had a goal and an assist. The Cats went a perfect 3/3 on the power play, killing off all five penalties, improving their record to 14-3 to remain in second place in the BCMML.
South Island will conclude their two game series with Cariboo tomorrow, Sunday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m. The Royals will then travel to the mainland to take on the Vancouver Northwest Giants for two games starting on Saturday, December 8th. For South Island’s full schedule be sure to visit www.southislandroyals.ca