November 29, 2013, ESQUIMALT, B.C. (ISN) – Blake Roney scored twice and added an assist as the Victoria Cougars hung on for a 5-3 win over the Kerry Park Islanders on Thursday night. And hung on they did.
On a night where former Victoria defenseman and now NHL referee Trent Knorr was honoured and presented with a Cougars jersey, Kerry Park did everything in its power to put a damper on the joyous occasion.
But sighs of relief filled the air inside the Archie Browning Sports Centre when Victoria scored the all-important insurance goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. After Jordan Marciniak was stopped by Jackson Jane, John Kretzschmar was able to pounce on the rebound for his second goal of the season.
Not looking anything like a team who had been outscored 23-3 in the season series, the underdog Islanders had a 3-2 lead early in the middle frame before Marino Somerville tied the game seven minutes later.
Trailing 4-3 midway through the third period, Kerry Park had a glorious opportunity to score the game tying goal when Cougars defenseman Patrick Webb was charged for tripping at 9:18. Then 18 seconds later, Webb was assessed a double minor for high-sticking Tyler Fraser in the face. The Islanders, who were unable to generate any offense on each of the power plays, dropped to 10-13-1-3 and had their three game win streak snapped.
Credit has to go to Victoria who ranks second in penalty kill percentage.
Armand Uomoleale opened the scoring only 47 seconds in when his wrist shot during an odd-man rush fooled Nathan Hargrave.
Then at 6:25, Roney cut into the slot and backhanded the puck off a Kerry Park defender and in.
Roney scored his team leading 17th goal on the power play after batting the puck out of midair at 13:42. Alex Milligan, who was in the sin bin for hooking Michael Fretz, had one minute and six-seconds remaining in his penalty.
And just before the end of the period, Braedan Cross scored from an impossible angle tying the game from Milligan and newly-acquired Hobin Zinck at 16:29.
The Islanders went ahead 3-2 on a goal by Francis Slicer. Left unguarded, the native of Prevost, Quebec banged home his own rebound for his 15th goal and 23rd point of the season. Tylor Branzsen, who was a game time decision, was credited with the only assist.
A goal mouth pass from Jake Daughtry to Somerville at 7:03 tied the game at 3-3.
Liam Carradine, who was recently named Kirby’s Source for Sport VIJHL Player of the Week, scored the game winner after roaring down the right side and beating Jane through the wickets at 14:42.
Late in the period, Cougars Robert Zadra broke up a two-on-one break led by Trevor Beauregard. And Hargrave was counting his lucky stars after Zinck wired a backhander off the iron during a partial breakaway.
There was no scoring until the 17:45 mark of the third period when Kretzschhar made it 5-3 from Marciniak and Carradine. Just before getting the pass off to Marciniak, Carradine was flattened to the ice by an oncoming Kerry Park defender.
A roughing penalty to Slicer and a ten-minute misconduct to Nicholas Hayes late in the game would seal the Islanders fate.
Victoria outshot Kerry Park 13-8 in the first period, a whopping 21-4 in the second, and 14-12 in the third for a game total of 48-24.
Both teams were ineffective on the power play. The Cougars went 1-for-5; meanwhile, Kerry Park went 0-for-3.
Victoria, who improved to 20-3-1-1, won its sixth in a row.
In the Hub City, Brett Lervold scored the game winner midway through the third period and Kyle Peterson and Jayme Jackson each added empty net goals as the Westshore Wolves stunned the hometown Nanaimo Buccaneers 5-2.
Next game for the Cougars is Saturday, November 30 against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. Game time at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, located at 3100 Vanier Drive, is 7:30 p.m.
1st star, Blake Roney (Goals: 2, Assists: 1)
2nd star, Robert Zadra (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Jackson Jane (Saves: 43, Save Percentage: .896)