Storm defeats Cougars 5-3

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November 4, 2013, Esquimalt (ISN) – ESQUIMALT, B.C. – It was a stormy afternoon in Esquimalt. The Campbell River Storm got points from 13 different players en route to a 5-3 win over the Victoria Cougars on Sunday.

Scoring for Campbell River (9-7-1-1), who held period leads of 3-2 and 4-3, were Brendan deVries, Jordan Kamprath, Colin Blake, Stephen Hawco, and Brayden Taekema.

Gage Colpron chipped in with two assists while Alex Brewer, Braydon Horcoff, Zack Sanderson, Darryl Senholt, James Severs, Dom Kolbeins, and Cam Olson each added singles.

The Cougars (14-2-1-1), who never led in the game, had their nine-game home win streak and three-game unbeaten streak come to a screeching halt.

With the VIJHL season two months old, Victoria is seeing more than their share of injuries. The Cougars were once again without the services of Mark Walton, Michael Fretz, Nicholas Bower, Wade Johnson, and Jordan Marciniak.

Although Liam Carradine returned to the lineup after missing the last 13 games, leading scorer Blake Roney and Jordan Davie joined Victoria’s expanding M.A.S.H. Unit.

When it rains it pours. And that seems to be the ongoing theme lately.

The Cougars called up defenseman Tyler Stanton from the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies and signed forwards Joe Gauthier and Cody Mueller.

Both Gauthier and Mueller play for the University of Victoria Vikes.

Unfortunately, that was not enough to pull out a victory.

Missing four of their top six forwards, Victoria fell behind the eight ball early and never fully recovered.

Nine seconds into Cam MacKay’s hooking penalty, deVries popped home a centering pass from Colpron at 1:18.

The Cougars got that goal back at 5:02 when Jake Daughtry avoided a check along the side boards, made a beeline towards the net, and rifled the puck off goalie Jack Surgenor and in. For Daughtry, it was his second goal in as many games.

Kamprath gave Campbell River a 2-1 lead after he lifted the puck over Connor Beauchamp at 9:35.

Then at the 16-minute mark, Blake scored his fourth of the season on a seemingly harmless wrist shot from the high slot.

Marshall cut the lead to one with an unassisted goal at 18:05.

The Cougars came out like gangbusters in the second period, overwhelming Campbell River from the drop of the puck. For three-and-a-half minutes, it felt like a power play for the home side.

But then the unthinkable happened. At 4:06, Hawco restored the Storm’s two-goal lead.

Ryan Carson, named the game’s third star, made a nice move to get around defenseman Tyson Smith before sending a wrist shot over the catching glove of Surgenor with 58.6 seconds to play in the middle frame.

But that would be all the offense Victoria could muster.

Taekema, at 1:35, put the game away with the only goal of the third period.

Late in the game, Horcoff was hit with a double minor for high-sticking with 3:12 remaining. The Cougars pulled Beauchamp for a six-on-four advantage but Campbell River showed why they are the No. 1 ranked penalty kill in the VIJHL, sending the puck the length of the ice on a number of occasions to preserve the win.

Victoria went 0-for-5 on the power play; meanwhile, the Storm went 1-for-2.

Surgenor made 31 saves to get the win for Campbell River.

Beauchamp stopped 15-of-20 shots in 55 minutes and 26-seconds of work. Nathan Hargrave, who stopped all two shots he faced, replaced Beauchamp for three minutes and 12-seconds in the third period.

It was the Storm’s first win at the Archie Browning Sports Centre since Jan. 8, 2009.

And as the buzzer sounded to end the game, the storm was over.

Next game for Victoria is Friday, November 8 against the Peninsula Panthers. Game time at the Panorama Recreation Centre, located at 1885 Forest Park Drive, is 7:30 p.m.

THREE STARS:

1st star, Brendan deVries (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)

2nd star, Alex Brewer (Goals: 0, Assists: 1)

3rd star, Ryan Carson (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)

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