Brody Coulter can set another milestone tonight


Peter Kung 

January 24, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Cougars (37-1-0-2) host the Comox Valley Glacier Kings (18-18-0-2) tonight.  Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located  at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.

Tonight’s game marks the final regular season meeting  between the two non-divisional rivals.

Comox Valley was the first team to deal the Cougars  their first loss of the season.  But  since then, Victoria has won the next two meetings which include a 5-3 win back  on Jan. 11.

Brody Coulter, who was named the game’s first star,  recorded two goals and two assists.  Also scoring for the Cougars were Nathan Chen-Mack, Dane Feeney, and Ben  Kinshella.

Getting the start in net was Michael Herringer.  The Victoria Royals draft pick stopped  20 shots to improve 11-0-0-1 on the season.  Herringer currently ranks second amongst  all active goaltenders with a 2.40 goals against average.

Michael Scobie, Rylan Ball, and Patrick Croome replied  for the Glacier Kings in a losing cause.

Victoria enters tonight’s contest riding a four-game  winning streak.

Last night, the Cougars downed the Westshore Wolves  5-4.  Scoring for Victoria, who  trailed 2-1 after one period but then led 4-3 after two, was Kelyn Opel (2),  Wade Johnson, Feeney, and Kinshella.  Getting the start in net was Evan Roch who won his league leading  25th game.

Coulter, who recorded three assists last night, could  set another milestone tonight.  The  Cougars captain can become the all-time leader in points for a single season. All Coulter needs is a goal or an  assist to break Jason Jaques record of 104 points set back in  2003/04.

Comox Valley won its last game, a 2-1 decision over the  North Island Division leading Nanaimo Buccaneers five days ago.  Jordan Crisp and Ball scored for the  Glacier Kings while Michael Hails stopped 30 shots to improve to 6-4-0-0 on the  season.

Hails was recently named Kirby’s Source for Sports VIJHL  Player of the Week after posting a G.A.A. of 1.00 and a save percentage of .936  in two games.

Cougar fans are hoping that tonight’s game will not be  that last they see of Comox Valley.  The Glacier Kings, who will be hosting this year’s Cyclone Taylor Cup, is  guaranteed a spot in the four-team tournament.

Victoria recently signed 19-year-old Ryan Chan.  The 5’5”, 140 pound forward was  instrumental in last year’s championship run and will make his season debut  tonight.  A penalty killing  specialist, Chan recorded five goals and five assists in 36 games for the  Cougars last season.

Next game for Victoria is tomorrow night in Campbell  River.

STANDINGS:  Victoria – 1st place, 76  points, South Island Division.  Comox Valley – 2nd place, 38 points, North Island  Division

TEAM  LEADERS:  Victoria – Brody Coulter, 35 goals;  Brody Coulter, 69 assists; Brody Coulter, 104 points; Jo Davie, 116 penalty  minutes. Comox Valley – Tyson  Rennie, 17 goals; Andrew White, 22 assists; Tyson Rennie, 38 points; Cody  Eliason, 135 penalty minutes

GOALTENDERS:  Victoria – Evan Roch (1.66 goals against average, .924 save percentage); Michael  Herringer (2.40 goals against average, .890 save percentage).  Comox Valley – Michael Hails (2.71 goals  against average, .895 save percentage); Bryce Di Rocco (4.69 goals against  average, .840 save percentage)

SEASON  SERIES:  Victoria leads series,  2-0-0-1


September 22, 2012.  Victoria Cougars 3 @ Comox Valley  Glacier Kings 4 (SO)

November 18, 2012.  Comox Valley Glacier Kings 3 @ Victoria Cougars 9

January 11, 2013.  Victoria Cougars 5 @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings 3

HOME/AWAY  RECORDS:  Victoria – Home, 18-1-0-0.  Comox Valley – Away,  8-9-0-1

STREAKS:  Victoria, W4.  Comox Valley, W1

LAST  TEN:  Victoria, 9-0-0-1.  Comox Valley,  7-3-0-0