Glacier Kings blank Cougars 1-0

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Story by Peter Kung, Photos: Jim Hockley

January 5, 2014, COURTENAY, B.C. (ISN) – Jordan Crisp scored with 1:33 remaining in regulation and Michael Hails made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Comox Valley Glacier Kings blanked the Victoria Cougars 1-0 on Saturday night.

The win moves Comox Valley (20-11-1-2) to within two points of the idle Nanaimo Buccaneers for second place in the North Island Division.

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Ali Gotmy (L) and Cougar Nick Lyons greet each other. Photo: Jim Hockley

During a mad scramble in front of the Cougars net, Crisp trickled a shot between the legs of goalie Connor Beauchamp for the game winner.

For Crisp, it was only his third goal in 25 games.

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Kings Jordan Horvath battles with Patrick Webb for puck control. Photo: Jim Hockley

Goals have been tough to come by for Victoria (26-7-1-1) who was shutout for the second straight game. In six of their last seven games, the Cougars have managed to score a paltry seven goals.

Beauchamp, who was named the game’s third star, gave up one goal on 13 shots.

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Kings Jonas Horvath celebrates winning goal by Jordan Crisp. Photo: Jim Hockley

Victoria went 0-for-6 on the power play; meanwhile, the Glacier Kings went 0-for-7.

In Parksville, Chandler Bruyckere scored in extra time as the Oceanside Generals escaped with a 5-4 win over the visiting Kerry Park Islanders.

Next game for Victoria is Thursday, January 9 against the Kerry Park Islanders. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.

Fans purchasing $5 worth of 50/50 tickets at the door will get in for only $5. Persons must be 18 years or older to take advantage of this promotion.

THREE STARS:

1st star, Michael Hails (Saves: 23, Save Percentage: 1.000)

2nd star, Jordan Crisp (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)

3rd star, Connor Beauchamp (Saves: 12, Save Percentage: .923)

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