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
PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:
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