by Peter Kung
January 11, 2014, NORTH SAANICH, B.C. (ISN) – Blake Roney scored his team leading 24th goal but it was not enough as the Victoria Cougars fell 3-1 to the surging Peninsula Panthers Friday night at the Panorama Recreation Centre.
Peninsula was whistled for ten penalties; however, the Cougars were only able to capitalize once with the man advantage.
Reece Costain and Tate Coughlin gave the hometown Panthers a 2-0 advantage by the time the game was 11:47 old but the lead was cut in half on a goal from Roney just under three minutes later.
There was no scoring until the 18:24 mark of the second period when Sean Buchanan drove the final nail in the coffin with his twelfth goal of the season.
Victoria, who was coming off a 7-1 win against the Kerry Park Islanders the night prior, lost for the fourth time in seven games.
Meanwhile, Peninsula won its sixth straight game and moved to within eight points of the first-place Cougars in the South Island Division.
Connor Beauchamp got the start in net for Victoria but was pulled after allowing two goals on six shots. His replacement, Nathan Hargrave, made 18 saves.
For the Panthers, Stephen Heslop turned aside 26-of-27 shots which included all 14 attempts fired his direction in the third period.
The Cougars went 1-for-10 on the power play; meanwhile, Peninsula went 2-for-5.
Other games around the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League saw the Westshore Wolves beating the Campbell River Storm 8-2 and the Comox Valley Glacier Kings downing the Oceanside Generals 4-1.
Next game for Victoria is Sunday, January 12 against the Nanaimo Buccaneers. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:30 p.m.
The first 50 adult, senior, or student with paid admission will receive a voucher for a free bag of delicious popcorn at the concession.
In addition, the 50/50 will feature 11 additional bonus draws. EVERY Cougars home game between now and the end of the regular season will feature a promotion and EVERY game will also feature bonus 50/50 prizes.
1st star, Reece Costain (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Sean Buchanan (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Alex Milligan (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)