Victoria Cougars to take on the Oceanside Generals this Thursday

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(ISN) – For the third time in less than two weeks the Victoria Cougars will square off against the Oceanside Generals.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.

Fans purchasing five dollars’ worth of 50/50 tickets on Thursday will get into the game for only five dollars.

The Cougars (12-2-1-0) have won both meetings against their North Island Division foe so far this season, winning by scores of 5-2 and 6-2.

Thursday marks the first of two visits by the Generals to Victoria since last year.

The Cougars extended their winning streak to three games following their 6-2 victory over Oceanside last Saturday.

Michael Fretz scored twice in the win while Wade Johnson, John Kretzschmar, Howard Howden, and Sam McMullen each added singles. For Howden, the three-year veteran has scored in each of his last three games and now has six goals on the season.

Extending his point streak to 14 games was Robert Zadra who picked up an assist on one of Fretz’s second period goals.

Anthony Ciurro got the start in net for Victoria. The 18-year-old goaltender for Peoria, Arizona stopped 18 shots for his sixth win in seven starts.

Replying for the Generals (2-14-1-0) were Kyle Wade and Tanner Browne.

Joakim Jutras allowed five goals on 29 shots before making way to Austin Caktas at the start of the third period. Caktas made six saves in relief.

The win moved the Cougars into a tie with the Westshore Wolves for first place in the South Island Division. However, Westshore can move back into sole possession of first place with either a tie or a win over the Kerry Park Islanders on Wednesday.

Victoria currently has three games in hand on the Wolves.

Playing on the road has not been kind to Oceanside. The lads from Parksville are 2-6-0-0 at home and 0-8-1-0 away from Oceanside Place Arena.

PJ Heger is on a two-game point streak for the Generals.

In other action around the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League on Thursday, the Campbell River Storm (13-1-1-0) travels to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers (11-4-0-1).

STANDINGS: Victoria – T1st place, 25 points, South Island Division. Oceanside – 4th place, 5 points, North Island Division

OFFENSE: Victoria – 3rd place, 4.60 goals for per game. Oceanside – 8th place, 2.71 goals for per game

DEFENSE: Victoria – 1st place, 1.93 goals against per game. Oceanside – 9th place, 5.29 goals against per game

TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Michael Fretz, 13 goals; Robert Zadra, 18 assists; Robert Zadra, 25 points; Ryan Carson, 28 penalty minutes. Oceanside – PJ Heger, Kyle Wade, 6 goals; Jonah Pearson, 10 assists; Jonah Pearson, 13 points; Gibson Doney, 62 penalty minutes

GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Anthony Ciurro (1.82 goals against average, .913 save percentage); Grant Payne (1.99 goals against average, .915 save percentage). Oceanside – Joakim Jutras (4.43 goals against average, .879 save percentage); Austin Caktas (5.94 goals against average, .868 save percentage)

POWER PLAY: Victoria – 2nd place, 21-for-86, 24.42 percent. Oceanside – 9th place, 10-for-130, 7.69 percent

PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 1st place, 66-for-72, 91.67 percent. Oceanside – 6th place, 110-for-134, 82.09 percent

SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads, 2-0-0-0

October 18, 2014. Victoria Cougars 5 @ Oceanside Generals 2
October 25, 2014. Victoria Cougars 6 @ Oceanside Generals 2
December 11, 2014. Oceanside Generals @ Victoria Cougars

HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 5-0-1-0. Oceanside – Away, 0-8-1-0

STREAKS: Victoria, 3-0-0-0. Oceanside, 0-7-1-0

LAST TEN: Victoria, 9-1-0-0. Oceanside, 1-8-1-0