November 17, 2013, PARKSVILLE, B.C. (ISN) – Blake Roney, who missed the last four games, scored twice in his return to spur the Victoria Cougars to a 5-0 win over the Oceanside Generals on Saturday.
The native of Black Diamond, Alberta had been sidelined since November 3 with an undisclosed injury. Prior to getting injured, Roney was on a five-game point streak.
Also scoring for Victoria (17-3-1-1) was Cam MacKay, Jake Stolz, and Graham Zagrodney who also chipped in with two assists for his second third-point night of the season. Wade Johnson collected a pair of helpers as well.
Connor Beauchamp, who won his twelfth game, recorded his league leading sixth shutout.
Playing its third game in four nights, Victoria did not look at all fatigued. In fact, they played at a high level of energy for 60 minutes – smothering and outshooting the Generals 37-12 overall.
Oceanside took two early penalties but it was the second one that proved costly. At 5:11, Roney opened the scoring with Greg Tuckerman in the sin bin. Standing in front of goaltender Evgueni Makarski, Roney banged home a Zagrodney rebound to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Zagrodney added to the lead just under a minute later.
Midway through the period, Cougars defenseman Jake Stolz broke up an odd man rush led by Wyatt Petryshen. Then on the ensuing play, Beauchamp came up big to rob Jonah Pearson of a sure goal.
On paper and on the ice, this was a mismatch. The revamped Generals did not record their first shot on goal of the second period until the 6:40 mark. By that time, Victoria had already fired six shots at Makarski.
Half the players on the Oceanside roster from Opening Day are new.
Seven minutes later, MacKay scored during a furious goalmouth scramble. After signalling no goal, referee Aaron Keller consulted with linesmen Chris Van Deventer and Liam Reid. And after a brief discussion, Keller pointed to centre ice.
Winners of three straight games, the Cougars received a scare with five minutes left in the period when defenseman Thomas Sercombe limped off the ice after getting wallpapered into the end boards. Already playing without Mark Walton, Nicholas Bower, Jordan Davie, and Nick Lyons, Victoria could ill afford to lose another player to injury.
Sercombe did return and almost picked up his first goal of the season when his point shot went just wide of the net after the puck deflected off an Oceanside defender.
The third period saw two goals.
Stolz skipped a point shot past Makarski during a four-on-four at 5:03. Then on a power play, Roney notched is second goal of the game at 14:16 with assists credited to Johnson and Zagrodney.
Victoria went 2-for-7 with the man advantage; meanwhile, the Generals went 0-for-6.
The woes continue for Oceanside (2-20-1-1) who lost their ninth game in a row.
Oddly, “We are the Champions” by Queen played over the loud speakers with 2:40 remaining in the game.
In other action from around the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League: Kerry Park Islanders 5, Saanich Braves 3. Campbell River Storm 4, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 0.
Next game for the Cougars is Thursday, November 21 against the Saanich Braves. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
- 1st star, Graham Zagrodney (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)
- 2nd star, Blake Roney (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
- 3rd star, Jordan Marciniak (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)