Cougars On A Streak With Win Over Panthers

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Story By Peter Kung – Photos By Kasey Ericksen (ISN)

February 1, 2013, Esquimalt, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Cougars won their eighth game in a row following a 4-2 win over the Peninsula Panthers on Thursday night.

Dane Feeney scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period but it was Victoria’s fourth line that provided the spark.  The trio of David Marshall, Jake Daughtry, and Jo Davie combined for three goals and eight points.

Marshall, who was named the game’s first star, had two goals and one assist. Meanwhile, Daughtry chipped in with a goal and two helpers while Davie had a pair of assists.

The Cougars improved to 41-1-0-2 with the win.

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Cougars Mark Walton and Panthers Brett  Sjerven race for the loose puck – Photo by Kasey Ericksen (ISN)

Reece Costain scored both goals for Peninsula, but had it not been for the play of Panthers’ goaltender Josh Round, the score would have had a much more devastatin outcome. Josh was was outstanding, managing to turn aside 40 shots.

Brody Coulter went pointless for only the third time this season.

The Cougars and Panthers exchanged goals in the first period.

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Panthers celebrate their goal – Photo by Kasey Ericksen (ISN)

Marshall opened the scoring at 4:18 after deflecting a Daughtry point shot past Round for his 14th goal of the season.

Victoria squandered a golden opportunity to increase its lead when a two-man power play for one minute and 37-seconds went for not.

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Cougars Brody Coulter gracefully takes a  hit from Panthers Josh AdkinsPhoto by Kasey Ericksen (ISN)

And then with 12.2 seconds remaining in the period, Costain would tie the game with a power play goal. Watching the proceedings from the sin bin was Kelyn Opel who had just under a minute remaining in his holding penalty.

There was no scoring until the 3:37 mark of the second period when an unassisted goal from Feeney put the Cougars ahead for good.

Daughtry gave Victoria a 3-1 lead at 6:02.

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Cougars Ben Kinshella and Panthers Brett  Sjerven collide sticks while passing – Photo by Kasey Ericksen (ISN)

Penalties to Daughtry and Panthers’ Josh Adkins 41 seconds apart put each team down a man. Not pleased with the call on his leading scorer, head coach Brian Passmore voiced his displeasure in a meeting with referee Mike Christians.

The penalty though was a blessing in disguise.

Johnny on the spot, Costain pulled Peninsula to within one after converting a Connor Logan rebound into a goal at 17:36.

Once again, the Cougars would come up empty during an extended power play. Victoria received a one minute and 16-second man advantage to start the third period but it was quickly erased when Ben Kinshella was called for hooking 25 seconds in.

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Cougars goaltender, Michael Herringer  participates in a goal celebration – Photo by Kasey Ericksen (ISN)

The Cougars would finish 0-for-7 on the power play.

A couple of minutes after Peninsula rang the puck off the goal post, Marshall banged home a Daughtry centering pass at 8:13 of the final frame to give the Cougars a 4-2 win.

Round did all he could do to keep the score from getting out of hand. The former Comox Valley Glacier Kings goalie robbed Sam Rice off an odd man rush and then flashed the leather on Feeney’s scoring attempt.

And with two minutes and nine-seconds remaining in regulation, Round was pulled for an extra attacker. The move would prove futile though.

Michael Herringer made 21 saves to earn the victory.

The Panthers, who dropped to 21-19-0-3, went 1-for-7 with the man advantage.

In Nanaimo, Max Mois scored the overtime winner as the Saanich Braves upended the North Island Division leading Buccaneers 4-3.

Next game for Victoria is Friday, February 1 against Peninsula. Game time at the Panorama Recreation Centre, located at 1885 Forest Park Drive, is 7:30 p.m.

THREE STARS:

1st star, David Marshall (Goals: 2, Assists: 1)

2nd star, Jake Daughtry (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)

3rd star, Reece Costain (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)

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