January 25, Esquimalt, BC (ISN) – Brody Coulter scored a goal and assisted on three others as the Victoria Cougars cruised to a 5-2 win over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on a cold and rainy Thursday night.
Victoria, who was playing its second game in as many nights, led 3-2 after one period and 4-2 after two.
Also scoring for the Cougars (38-1-0-2) were Mark Walton, David Marshall, Dane Feeney, and Wade Johnson.
Rylan Ball scored both goals for Comox Valley.
Mark Van Helvoirt and his troops were terrific for 60 minutes; one day after Victoria looked so-so against the Westshore Wolves.
Penalties proved costly for the Glacier Kings (18-19-0-2) who allowed four power play goals.
Their discipline was also detrimental late in the game.
Mark Walton opened the scoring at 6:31 with a power play goal. After taking a pass from Coulter, Ben Kinshella centered the puck to Walton who beat goaltender Michael Hails for his 27th goal of the season.
Just recently named Kirby’s Source for Sports VIJHL Player of the Week, Hails allowed five goals on 43 shots.
Marshall made it 2-0 after teaming up with Jake Daughtry and Jake Stolz at 10:32.
An odd-man rush at 11:23 led to Comox Valley cutting into the lead. Using Sheldon Brett as a decoy, Ball lit the lamp after rifling the puck over the right shoulder of Michael Herringer.
Immediately following the goal, Brett was called for roughing.
The Cougars restored their two goal lead only 22 seconds later. A tic-tac-toe play between Kinshella and Coulter led to Feeney banging home the puck at the side of the net.
But with 7.5 seconds remaining in the period, Ball converted a John Gosbee rebound into a goal.
The score remained 3-2 in favour of Victoria until the 7:48 mark of the second period. With Michael Scobie in the penalty box for tripping, Coulter unleashed a slap shot from the point which made it through to the back of the net.
Both teams exchanged quality scoring chances until late in the game.
Trailing by two, the Glacier Kings began to run into penalty trouble.
With just over two minutes remaining in regulation, a double minor for butt-ending to Garret Mazur and a high-sticking penalty to Nicholas Tupper put Victoria on a two man advantage.
And with 48.5 seconds left, Johnson rang the puck off the iron and in to round out the scoring.
Herringer, who made 26 saves, settled down after allowing two goals on eight first period shots.
Ryan Chan made his season debut for the Cougars. The 5’5”, 140 pound sparkplug skated on a line with Nathan Chen-Mack and Johnson.
In Nanaimo, Cameron Large stopped 25 shots and all two shooters in the shootout to lead the North Island Division leading Buccaneers to a 6-5 victory over the Campbell River Storm.
Next game for Victoria is Friday, January 25 against Campbell River. Game time at Rod Brind’Amour Arena, located at 225 South Dogwood Street, is 7:30 p.m.
1st star, Brody Coulter (Goals: 1, Assists: 3)
2nd star, Sam Rice (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
3rd star, David Marshall (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)