April 11, 2014, NELSON, B.C. (ISN) – The Victoria Cougars exploded for five second period goals en route to a 6-1 win over the host Nelson Leafs on Day 1 of the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.
Mustering the only goal of the opening period, Wade Johnson took a stretch pass from Garett Kemmler before scoring on a snap shot at 16:18.
Victoria would double its lead at the 6:09 mark of the middle frame on a shorthanded goal from Sam McMullen. After taking a cross-ice feed from Johnson, McMullen blasted the puck past goaltender Brad Rebagliati for his first of two markers.
In the penalty box at the time of the goal was Mark Walton who was playing his first game since February 13.
The VIJHL champions would go on their fourth power play of the evening after Walton was hooked to the ice by Carson Willans. And from a sharp angle, Blake Roney made it 3-0 at 8:35.
Then on an odd man rush, Patrick Webb raised his arms in jubilation after he had his shot hit the arm of Rebagliati before trickling over the goal line.
After the goal, which was scored at 11:25, Leafs head coach Frank Maida called a timeout.
Connor Beauchamp would have his shutout bid ruined by Troy Petrick three minutes later.
Victoria restored its four goal lead at 18:53. After gobbling up a turnover at the Nelson blue line, Ryan Carson skated in all alone and roofed it over a helpless Rebagliati.
Then with 21.4 seconds remaining in the period and with Leafs Rayce Miller in the sin bin for charging, McMullen put the icing on the cake with the Cougars sixth and final goal.
Seemingly bored at times, Beauchamp came up with few highlight reel saves when called upon. With the game scoreless, the native of Nanton, Alberta, made an outstanding pad save on Brandon Sookro during a 2-on-0 break. Then moments later, Beauchamp stacked his pads to thwart Travis Wellman of a sure goal.
Nelson played without Adam Hodge for a little over two periods after the 19-year-old forward was ejected for checking-from-behind.
There were four players on the Cougars roster that played in the KIJHL last year. Those players include Beauchamp (Castlegar Rebels), Carson (Penticton Lakers), Roney (Golden Rockets), and Webb (Fernie Ghostriders).
Victoria outshot the Leafs 8-7 in the first period, 14-8 in the second, and 5-4 in the third for a game total of 27-19.
In the earlier game, the KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks defeated the PJHL champion Aldergrove Kodiaks 4-1.
Next game for the Cougars is Friday, April 11 against Adergrove. Game time at the Nelson & District Community Complex, located at 305 Hall Street, is 3:30 p.m.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS:
- Wade Johnson (Victoria)
- Troy Petrick (Nelson)