Cougars Goalie Evan Roch Smashes VIJHL Record


Dave Burgess

February 16, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – There’s been a lot of chatter in recent days about the incredible season the Victoria Cougars are having, and the scoring record of their captain, Brody Coulter.

However, not well known is that in helping to set those records, local Victoria boy Evan Roch has demolished the previous VIJHL regular season record goals against average for goaltenders. The previous record of 1.90 GAA set by Davis Parley of the Campbell River Storm was toppled when Roch set a new season low 1.79 GAA in 30 games played, allowing a meagre 54 goals, and earning an incredible save % of .920, also first for goalies in the VIJHL.

Apart from Parley, no other goalie in league history going back 1975 and the old South Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, had even broken the 2.00 GAA barrier. Roch is the only goalie to ever go under 1.80 GAA in the 38 year combined history of the VIJHL and SVIJHL.

In setting the record, Evan Roch compiled a 29-1-0 record; his only loss being a 3-1 defeat to the Saanich Braves, the last goal going into an empty net with Roch on the bench for an extra attacker. Over the season, Evan had two shutouts, 10 one goal games, 12 two goal games, 4 three goal games and only 2 four goal games, a record previously unheard of in the league.

This follows a very successful 2011/12 season in which Roch earned the the Ray’s Sportscentre Award for VIJHL top goaltender with a 2.47 GAA in 16 games.

In a game where so often scoring takes the front seat and goalie performances can be overlooked, the Victoria Cougars would like congratulate Evan Roch on his epic goaltending performance this year.