October 8, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – This Thursday, October 10th, the Victoria Cougars (10-0-0-0) host the Saanich Braves (5-5-0-0) at Archie Browning Sports Centre located at 1151 Esquimalt Road. Game time is 7:00 pm.
Thursday night’s game marks the third of eight regular season meetings between the two division rivals. Victoria holds a 2-0-0-0 series lead following wins of 3-2 and most recently 5-1.
In their last meeting, the Cougars received goals from five different players – Graham Zagrodney, Mark Walton, Jake Stolz, Patrick Webb, and Marino Somerville.
Connor Beauchamp made 17 saves as Victoria improved to 5-0-0-0.
Replying for the Braves, who entered the game winners of three of four, was Hunter Atchison.
Jordan Werezak, playing in his third straight game, stopped 35-of-40 shots before being replaced by Matthew Rud at the 13:45 mark of the third period.
The Cougars outshot Saanich 44-18.
Prior to the start of the season, it was a wonder where Victoria would be at this juncture of the season. It helps when Beauchamp has a 1.56 goals against average and a .931 save percentage, Zagrodney leads all defensemen with 17 points and sits tied for seventh place in league scoring, and the power play and penalty kill is chugging along nicely.
The Cougars remained undefeated after a 7-0 win against the Westshore Wolves last Sunday.
Wade Johnson and Jake Daughtry scored twice while David Marshall, Blake Roney, and Robert Zadra each added singles. Beauchamp, who improved his record to 8-0-0-0, made 13 saves for his third shutout of the season.
Special teams were firing on all cylinders too. The power play went 6-for-11 while the penalty kill went a perfect 3-for-3.
Zagrodney has two goals and ten assists over the span of his current six-game point streak.
Saanich goes for two wins in a row on Thursday.
Nick Guerra, a second-year VIJHL veteran, extended his point streak to four games with a goal and two assists last Saturday as the Braves hammered the hometown Comox Valley Glacier Kings 6-2.
Also scoring for the Saanich were Josh Poland, Evan Kite, Evan Badry, Chris Carpentier, and Sam McMullen.
Werezak, who turned aside 20-of-21 shots, improved to 4-3-0-0 on the season.
Oddly, in the three losses charged to Werezak, the Braves were only able to generate four goals in those games.
Jordan Groenhyde, Liam Sproule, and Atchison did not play last game due to injuries.
STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 20 points, South Island Division. Saanich – 4th place, 10 points, South Island Division
OFFENSE: Victoria – 1st place, 5.90 goals for per game. Saanich – 7th place, 3.30 goals for per game
DEFENSE: Victoria – 2nd place, 1.90 goals against per game. Saanich – 5th place, 3.70 goals against per game
TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Mark Walton, 9 goals; Graham Zagrodney, 15 assists; Graham Zagrodney, 17 points; Jake Daughtry, 30 penalty minutes. Saanich – Nick Guerra, 7 goals; Garett Kemmler, 11 assists; Nick Guerra, 14 points; Tom Dakers, 54 penalty minutes
GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Connor Beauchamp (1.56 goals against average, .931 save percentage); Nathan Hargrave (2.93 goals against average, .854 save percentage). Saanich – Jordan Werezak (3.01 goals against average, .916 save percentage); Matthew Rud (4.55 goals against average, .895 save percentage)
POWER PLAY: Victoria – 1st place, 26-for-78, 33.3 percent. Saanich – 6th place, 10-for-67, 14.9 percent
PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 3rd place, 50-for-55, 90.9 percent. Saanich – 5th place, 47-for-56, 83.9 percent
SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads, 2-0-0-0
PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:
- September 13, 2013. Victoria Cougars 3 @ Saanich Braves 2
- September 19, 2013. Saanich Braves 1 @ Victoria Cougars 5
- November 21, 2013. Saanich Braves @ Victoria Cougars
- November 22, 2013. Victoria Cougars @ Saanich Braves
- December 13, 2013. Victoria Cougars @ Saanich Braves
- December 19, 2013. Saanich Braves @ Victoria Cougars
- January 24, 2014. Victoria Cougars @ Saanich Braves
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 7-0-0-0. Saanich – Away, 3-2-0-0
STREAKS: Victoria, W10. Saanich, W1
LAST TEN: Victoria, 10-0-0-0. Saanich, 5-5-0-0