Victoria Cougars take a bite out of Wolves


Story and Photos By Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

24 January 2013, Victoria BC (ISN) – The Victoria Cougars paid the Westshore Wolves a visit Wednesday at Bear Mountain Arena and were given a run for their money in front of a great crowd of spectators.

To start the night off, it would be Alec Dillon in net for the Wolves and Evan Roch in net for the Cougars.  Both teams were off to a fast paced start, but it was the Wolves who took the first bite.

With Cougars’ David Marshall in the penalty box, Joel Gordon scored a power play goal into the back of Roch’s net at 6:07, getting the Wolves up on the board first.

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Tyson Young scores the Wolves’ second and  go ahead goal near the end of the first period – Photo By Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

The Victoria Cougars answered back at 11:24 with their first goal of the period when Kelyn Opel planted the puck in behind Dillon, tying the game at one a piece.

At 18:07 Tyson Young struck back for the Wolves putting the team back in the lead when he scored that all important go ahead goal, ending the period with a 2-1 lead over the Cougars.

With just 40 seconds into the second period, the Victoria Cougars opened the scoring when Dane Feeney played a shot into Dillon’s net to even the game at 2-2.

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Cougars Matthew Ho and Wolves Spencer  Preece look on as the puck is sent up against the glass – Photo By Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Cougars struck back again at the 6:59 mark with Ben Kinshella taking the challenge and slipping one past Alec Dillon, getting the team’s third and go ahead goal.  Kinshella’s goal would place the Cougars in the lead for the first time in the game at 3-2.

Braedon Behan answered right back for the Wolves, scoring at the 17:15 mark to even up the score once again at 3-3.

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Wolves Tyson Young battles past Sam Rice  and his team mate in the battle for the puck  – Photo By Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

After a fair bit of josling, the Cougars were back in the lead as Wade Johnson found the back of Dillon’s net, with a score of 4-3 in favor of the Victoria Cougars.

In a chippy third period, the Wolves opened up the scoring at 2:08 when former Grizzlie Chase Kaiser tied the game at 4 with a power play goal on Roch. The Wolves had now decided to pull Alec Dillon and replaced him with Matt Chester between the pipes.

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The Cougars score their fifth and go ahead goalPhotos By Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Just when the game was looking as though it would be heading into overtime, the Cougars had a different idea of how the night would end. The Cougars were determined that the next goal would belong to them.  With Opel scoring the go ahead goal and his second of the night, the Cougars edged out the Wolves at the 18:46 mark with a final score of 5-4.

First Period:

Shots on net for the Wolves: 17, Cougars: 7

Second Period:

Shots on net for the Wolves: 8, Cougars 18

Third Period:

Shots on net for the Wolves: 11, Cougars 7