By Peter Kung
September 9, 2013, ESQUIMALT, B.C. – It did not take long for Blake Roney to get accustomed to his new surroundings. Roney scored three goals and chipped in with an assist as the Victoria Cougars cruised to a 10-0 win over the visiting Westshore Wolves in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon.
Victoria also received goals from Mark Walton, Wade Johnson, Liam Carradine, Ryan Carson, David Marshall, Jo Davie, and Michael Fretz.
And while the offense was getting all the glory, the Cougars defense deserved some credit as well.
Connor Beauchamp, who posted seven shutouts for the Castlegar Rebels last year, turned aside 18 shots for the win.
Westshore’s forward Brett Lervold, who entered Sunday’s game tied for first in league scoring with seven points, was held in check for the most part.
Six-point man Spencer Preece and five-point man Connor Krupa were also stymied.
The game got off to a bizarre start with Jesse Magdanz of the Wolves and Nicholas Bower of Victoria each receiving delay of game penalties.
Referee Jarrett Taylor had no choice but to assess both player penalties for taking too long to get off the ice after warm up.
The Cougars, who led 2-0 after the first period and 6-0 after two, opened the scoring at the 7:52 mark when Walton banged in a Fretz rebound past starting goaltender Nick Dueck.
Roney notched his first of three goals after tipping home a Jake Daughtry centering pass at 16:27.
At the end of the period, Krupa was issued a ten minute misconduct.
Johnson extended the lead at 1:33 of the middle frame before Roney made it 4-0 with a powerplay goal at the ten minute mark.
The floodgates opened when Carradine and Cam MacKay broke free on a 2-on-1 break with 3:57 left in the second period. After leaving Colton Griffith flatfooted, Carradine used MacKay as a decoy before roofing the puck over Dueck.
And similar to the game against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings last Thursday, Victoria forced the opposition to pull their goalie.
Dueck, who allowed five goals on 24 shots in his first start of the season, gave way to Matt Chester.
The Wolves’ No. 1 netminder did not stand a chance when Roney blasted a shot off the post and in at 18:55. Tyson Young, who was penalized for illegally cross-checking Davie to the ice a minute earlier, was in the sin bin at the time of the goal.
Frustrations began to mount for Westshore when Griffith received a hit to the head penalty and a ten minute misconduct at the 20 minute mark.
There was no scoring until 12:37 of the third period when Carson made it 7-0 with a powerplay goal.
Then in a span of two minutes and seven seconds, Marshall, Davie, and Fretz each lit the lamp to make the score 10-0.
Chester, who saw his goals against average balloon to 6.34, turned aside 11-of-16 shots in relief.
Late in the game, Hoben Zinck had a run in with Beauchamp. The Wolves forward was given a minor penalty for slashing.
Victoria, who went 3-for-9 with the man advantage and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, improved to 2-0-0 on the season.
The loss dropped Westshore’s record to 1-2-0.
Next game for the Cougars is Thursday, September 12 against the Peninsula Panthers. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
1st star, Blake Roney (Goals: 3, Assists: 1)
2nd star, Thomas Sercombe (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
3rd star, Connor Beauchamp (Saves: 18, Save Percentage: 1.000)