Parade to penalty box hurts Cougars

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April 12, 2014, NELSON, B.C. (ISN) – Day 2 of the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup did not go the way the Victoria Cougars wanted it to.

Haunted by penalties all afternoon, the champions from the VIJHL dropped a 4-1 decision to the PJHL champion Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Both teams’ records now stand at 1-1-0 with one round-robin game left to play.

The parade to the penalty box started early when Robert Zadra was sent off the ice for interference 21 seconds in. Then a cross-checking penalty to David Marshall put the Kodiaks on a two-man advantage for 40 seconds.

Victoria did manage to kill off the initial penalty but was unable to limit the damage on the second one. At 2:21, Spencer McHaffie wired the puck past Connor Beauchamp for his first goal of the tournament.

Beauchamp, who turned in an 18-save performance less than 24 hours ago, gave up a juicy rebound to Stephen Ryan who twinkled the twine at 3:32 from the high slot.

Things got bad to worse for the Cougars as Jonathan Philley made it 3-0 at 15:18.

Immediately after the goal, Nathan Hargrave replaced Beauchamp who allowed three goals on 14 shots.

With less than a minute to play in the period, Hargrave came up big with his left pad, stopping Spencer Unger during a partial breakaway.

There was no scoring until the 14:17 mark of the middle frame when Michael Fretz had his pass redirected in by Nicholas Bower. And all of a sudden, it was a two-goal game.

Jordan Liem, who allowed five goals on Thursday, was rock solid in a game in which the Kodiaks could ill afford to lose.

A high-sticking penalty to Jordan Marciniak early in the third period put Aldergrove back on the power play. Five seconds after the penalty, Adam Callegari ripped home a seeing-eye shot that beat Hargrave glove side at 2:49.

Victoria, outshot 30-19, took a total of 11 penalties which included taking the last six to end the game. The Kodiaks were penalized twice; once in the first period and then another in the second.

In the nightcap, the KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks improved to 1-0-1 following their 2-2 tie with the host Nelson Leafs. Nelson bettered its record to 0-1-1.

Next game for the Cougars is Saturday, April 12 against Beaver Valley. Game time at the Nelson & District Community Complex, located at 305 Hall Street, is 3:30 p.m.


Spence McHaffie (Aldergrove)

Michael Fretz (Victoria)


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