October 22, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – The Victoria Cougars (12-1-0-1) entertain the Kerry Park Islanders (5-9-0-2) this Thursday. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
Victoria finds itself in a mini-slump through the first quarter of the season. After rattling off 11 straight wins to start the 2013-14 campaign, the Cougars have now dropped two of their last three games.
While they earned three out of a possible six points during that span, Victoria blew a three-goal lead against the Peninsula Panthers that led to a 4-3 double overtime loss and then saw a pair of one-goal leads evaporate to the Nanaimo Buccaneers in a 3-2 setback up in the Harbour City.
Against Nanaimo, the Cougars were without some of their top players. Not in the lineup were Jordan Davie, Michael Fretz, Jordan Marciniak, and Jake Stolz; all of whom were forced to watch the game due to varying degrees of injuries. The trio of Davie, Fretz, and Stolz had accounted for 14 of the team’s 72 goals prior to their game against the Buccaneers.
And in the game against Nanaimo, Mark Walton and Graham Zagrodney provided the offense. Meanwhile, Connor Beauchamp allowed three goals on 24 shots.
Sandwiched in-between the two Victoria losses was a 7-0 win against the Islanders.
This is the third of eight meetings between the two division rivals and the first visit by Kerry Park to the A.B.S.C. this season.
As mentioned, the Cougars blanked the Islanders in the team’s most recent meeting.
Nicholas Bower was on fire, scoring three times and collecting two assists for a five-point night. Also scoring for Victoria, which led 3-0 after one period and 5-0 after two, were Jake Daughtry, Marino Somerville, Robert Zadra, and Cam MacKay. Beauchamp made 19 saves for his league leading fourth shutout.
Shots on goal favoured the Cougars who outshot Kerry Park 49-19. That marked the sixth time this season in which Victoria has limited its opponent to less than 20 shots on goal.
Blake Roney and Walton are on modest two-game point streaks.
The Islanders are also slumping and currently occupy fourth place in the South Island Division.
After stringing together a two-game win streak from October 4-5, Kerry Park has only won once in their past five games, which includes a three-game losing streak in which they have allowed 15 goals.
Dale Purinton and his troops lost back-to-back games to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings this past weekend.
On Friday, the hometown Islanders dropped a 4-2 decision after giving up four power play goals and squandering a two-goal lead. Then on Saturday, Kerry Park battled back from a two-goal deficit late in the third period only to have Ali Gotmy score at 4:14 of overtime to give the Glacier Kings a 4-3 win.
Alex Milligan and Braedan Cross are currently tied for sixth place in league scoring with 21 points each.
STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 25 points, South Island Division. Kerry Park – 4th place, 12 points, South Island Division
OFFENSE: Victoria – 1st place, 5.29 goals for per game. Kerry Park – 6th place, 3.38 goals for per game
DEFENSE: Victoria – 2nd place, 1.93 goals against per game. Kerry Park – 7th place, 4.44 goals against per game
TEAMLEADERS: Victoria – Mark Walton, 11 goals; Graham Zagrodney, 16 assists; Mark Walton, Graham Zagrodney, 19 points; Jake Daughtry, 30 penalty minutes. Kerry Park – Alex Milligan, 13 goals; Braedan Cross, 16 assists; Alex Milligan, Braedan Cross, 21 points; Tyler Fraser, 58 penalty minutes
GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Connor Beauchamp (1.77 goals against average, .926 save percentage); Nathan Hargrave (2.36 goals against average, .877 save percentage). Kerry Park – Leighton Williams (3.34 goals against average, .911 save percentage); Jackson Jane (4.70 goals against average, .885 save percentage)
POWER PLAY: Victoria – 1st place, 31-for-104, 29.81 percent. Kerry Park – 7th place, 13-for-98, 13.27 percent
PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 3rd place, 64-for-71, 90.14 percent. Kerry Park – 8th place, 89-for-116, 76.72 percent
SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads, 2-0-0-0
PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:
- September 22, 2013. Victoria Cougars 5 @ Kerry Park Islanders 1
- October 13, 2013. Victoria Cougars 7 @ Kerry Park Islanders 0
- November 14, 2013. Kerry Park Islanders @ Victoria Cougars
- November 28, 2013. Kerry Park Islanders @ Victoria Cougars
- December 8, 2013. Victoria Cougars @ Kerry Park Islanders
- January 9, 2014. Kerry Park Islanders @ Victoria Cougars
- January 19, 2014. Victoria Cougars @ Kerry Park Islanders
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 8-0-0-0. Kerry Park – Away, 3-4-0-1
STREAKS: Victoria, Lost 1. Kerry Park, Lost 3
LAST TEN: Victoria, 8-1-0-1. Kerry Park, 4-5-0-1