Jordan Smith – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
September 20, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – After two barn burners in a row last week, the Cougars cruise to a 5-1 win over the Saanich Braves in the second game of a Home and Home series.
Last Thursday captain Mark Walton lifted the Cougars to a 6-5 win in double OT against the Peninsula Panthers, then a hard fought 3-2 win against the Braves the next night. Things were not as close Thursday night.
Braves Sasha Hahn battles with Cougars Mark Walton during VIJHL action on Thursday night. – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
The Braves jumped out to a very early lead when Hunter Atchison scored on the power play at the 1:52 mark of the opening frame (assists to Garett Kemmler and Garrett Stankoven). Things would shift in the Cougars favor quickly as they applied pressure on the Braves for the remainder of the first period. The Cougars would tie things up at the 12:13 mark when Graham Zagrodney scored on a delayed penalty (assists to Wade Johnson and David Marshall). Only 2 minutes and 11 seconds later at 14:24, Mark Walton puts the game away for good with a power play goal of his own (assist to Michael Fretz and Graham Zagrodney).
Braves Nick Guerra keeps his eye on the puck as his teammates pass it to one another – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
The second period saw both teams start throwing the body, with several huge hits going both ways. Unfortunately for Saanich, the hits didn’t help as they had a hard time putting the puck on net, only managing 9 shots on net total after two periods. If it wasn’t for netminder, Jordan Werezak, the score would have been much more lopsided. Werezak was able to steer aside 14 of 15 shots in the second period, with the Cougars coming close on a few scoring chances. The lone marker came when Jake Stolz squeaked in a short side shot at the 19:17 mark of the period (assists to Nick Lyons and Mark Walton).
The ref quickly jumps out of the rushing skaters way – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
After two periods the Cougars held a 24-9 shot lead.
Much like the first period, the third started with a quick goal. Only this time the Cougars were on the scoring side. Only 54 seconds into the third Patrick Webb potted the Cougars 4th goal of the night that continued the Cougar onslaught (assists to Nicholas Bower and Michael Fretz). The scoring would end with one last Cougar goal from Marino Sommerville at the 13:45 mark of the period (assist to Blake Roney). Sommerville would go on to grab the first star of the game. Shots at the end of the game were 42-18 in favor of Victoria.
Cougars Patrick Webb falls to his knees in a battle for the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
Thursday night was, as Head Coach Mark Van Helvoirt put it, “the most complete game the Cougars have played this season.” The Cougars look to continue the solid start to the 2013/2014 season against the Kerry Park Islanders on Sunday, in Kerry Park located at 1035 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd.
Things get a little heated towards the end of the third period – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)
The next home game for Victoria is Thursday September 26th against the Peninsula Panthers at the Archie Browning Sports Centre located at 1151 Esquimalt Rd. If you can’t make the game live check out our live video broadcast on Fasthockey.com.
Cougars Howard Howden chases a Braves player into the net – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (Island Sports News)