November 28, 2012, COLWOOD, BC – Brody Coulter continued his streak…just barely. The Victoria captain scored an empty net goal with 32 seconds remaining in regulation to help lead the visiting Cougars past the Westshore Wolves 5-2 on a rainy Wednesday night.
With Alec Dillon pulled for an extra attacker, Coulter extended his point streak to 23 games by hammering the final nail in the Wolves coffin.
Assisting on Coulter’s 19th goal and league leading 69th point was Wade Johnson who recorded a season high three helpers.
The two teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes before Victoria took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.
Garrett Brandsma chipped in with a pair of goals for the Cougars (24-1-0-1) while Robert Zadra and Jamie Severs each added singles.
Replying for Westshore were Max Mois and Josh Bloomenthal.
The game got off to a rather unusual start.
After listening to taunts directed towards the Victoria players during the national anthem, referee Riley Friesen assessed the Wolves a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Westshore (15-12-0-0), who would later surrender two power play goals, weathered the storm.
A slashing penalty to Travis Oickle later on put the Cougars on their second power play of the night. And with 17 seconds remaining in the penalty, Zadra scored on a backdoor pass from Johnson at 13:35 of the opening period.
However, on the official score sheet, the goal was credited to Brandsma.
Just prior to the goal, Wolves’ Kyle Richter wasted an opportunity at the other end of the ice when his shot sailed over the net.
Mois would then send himself and his Westshore teammates to the dressing room tied at 1-1 after deking Evan Roch during a breakaway with 16.4 seconds left.
Victoria outshot the Wolves 22-5 in the period.
Mark Van Helvoirt and his troops went on their third power play of the night when Mois took a slashing penalty at 2:13 of the middle frame.
And with one second remaining in the penalty, Brandsma beat Dillon short side.
Snake bitten all night, Richter hit the goal post with six minutes remaining in the period. Back the other way, Severs made it 3-1 after banging home a loose puck on the doorstep at 14:28.
Brandsma scored his second of the night after taking a pass from Ben Kinshella and wiring the puck over Dillon’s glove at 1:56 of the third period.
For Kinshella, that assist extended his point streak to seven games.
Bloomenthal halved the lead at 18:06 before Coulter’s goal put the game out of reach.
Earning the win was Roch who made 24-of-26 saves. Dillon, property of the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, suffered the loss after allowing four goals on 46 shots.
The Cougars went 2-for-7 on the power play; meanwhile, Westshore went 0-for-3.
Sam Rice and Jake Stolz returned to the lineup for Victoria.
Next game for the Cougars is Thursday, November 29 against the Kerry Park Islanders. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
1st star, Garrett Brandsma (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Wade Johnson (Goals: 0, Assists: 3)
3rd star, Max Mois (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)