Story by Peter Kung – Photos by Kasey Erikson (ISN)
January 27, 2013, Esquimalt, BC – (ISN) – The Victoria Cougars erased a 3-0 first period deficit to defeat the visiting Nanaimo Buccaneers 7-4 in one of three Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games played Sunday afternoon.
Brody Coulter had a goal and three assists for Victoria (40-1-0-2) while Sam Rice, who was named the game’s first star, chipped in with four helpers. The Cougars spotted the North Island Division leading Buccaneers a three goal lead before cranking up the heat.
Cougars’ Rhys Williams eyes the puck during a scramble for it – Photo by Kasey Erikson (ISN)
Playing their fourth game in five days, Victoria found themselves behind the eight-ball early.
Less than two minutes in, Dan Foglietta centered the puck out to Lynden Eddy who sent a knuckleball over the catching glove of Evan Roch.
Foglietta came close to making it a two goal game when he had Roch leaning the wrong way, however the Nanaimo native rang the puck off the far post.
Buccaneers’ Derian Hamilton intecepts Cougars’ Jake Doughtry’s scoring chance on Cameron Large – Photo by Kasey Erikson (ISN)
An elbow penalty given to Eddy gave the Cougars their first power play of the night.
It was the Buccaneers who would find the back of the net, and on an odd man rush, Foglietta sent the puck over to Beau Blanaru who tipped it in for his ninth goal and first shorthanded marker of the season.
Although Lucas Franssen has had a dry spell since October, he managed to bang home a Lee Orpen rebound. It was at the 17:37 mark of the first period when all of a sudden, Nanaimo had a 3-0 lead on the No. 1 ranked Junior B team in British Columbia.
Cougars’ Nathan Chen-Mack and Buccaneers’ Derian Hamilton fight for the puck – Photo by Kasey Erikson (ISN)
Ben Kinshella started a run of seven unanswered goals by sliding a Kelyn Opel rebound past Buccaneers’ goaltender Cameron Large with 1:51 remaining in the period.
Nanaimo (24-16-0-3), who tends to stay away from penalty trouble, took more than a few penalties in the final two periods. As fate would have it, the Cougars would soon have their revenge on the Buccaneers.
With Riel Gibson in the sin bin, Mark Walton cut the Buccaneers lead to 3-2 at the 4:40 mark of the second period.
A shorthanded goal by Coulter at 6:48 tied the game up at 3 when Coulter out manouvered Large after prevailing in a one-on-one battle with defenseman Quentin McShane.
Cougars’ Graham Zagrodney loses his stick in a battle for the puck – Photo by Kasey Erikson (ISN)
A power play goal by Dane Feeney put Victoria in the lead for the first time in the game at the 11:38 mark. It was on a delayed penalty that put Nanaimo down by two men, Kinshella rifled a point shot past Large at 13:16 for his second goal of the game.
It did not take long and the Cougars found themselves in the driver’s seat.
Victoria kept pouring on the pressure, scoring at 3:24 and 9:53 of the third period to take a 7-3 lead.
David Marshall scored the Cougars sixth goal after tipping home a Robert Zadra point shot. With Jake Calverley in the sin bin for cross-checking, Walton teamed up with Rice and Coulter for his 29th goal of the season.
Derian Hamilton, with assists credited to Johnathan Speer and Foglietta, scored a late power play goal for Nanaimo.
Buccaneers’ will McNamara tries to score on Even Roch – Photo by Kasey Erikson (ISN)
Victoria went 4-for-10 with a man advantage and 8-for-9 on the penalty kill, out shot the Buccaneers 37-35.
In Mill Bay, Jackson Jane stopped 50-of-51 shots to help propel the Kerry Park Islanders to a 5-1 victory over the Peninsula Panthers.
And in Parksville, Tyson Rennie scored twice as the Comox Valley Glacier Kings doubled up on the Oceanside Generals 4-2.
The Next game for the Cougars will be on Thursday, January 31 against Peninsula at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road at 7:00 p.m.
1st star, Sam Rice (Goals: 0, Assists: 4)
2nd star, Ben Kinshella (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Evan Roch (Saves: 31, Save Percentage: .885)