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.
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.
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.
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.
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)