Sam McMullen is starting to heat up for the Victoria Cougars

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(ISN) – MILL BAY, B.C. – Sam McMullen is starting to heat up for the Victoria Cougars.

The 20-year-old centre extended his point streak to six games after tallying three goals and one assist in a 6-0 win over the Kerry Park Islanders on Saturday night.

McMullen, who moved into a two-way tie for eighth place in league scoring, has posted an eye-popping 16 points during his recent hot streak.

It was a whole different story since the last time these two teams met. On October 5, the Cougars battled back from a two-goal deficit midway through the third period only to have Ryan Carson win the game for Victoria in overtime.

The win improves the Cougars record to a VIJHL-best 15-2-1-0 on the season. Also sharing the same record is the Campbell River Storm of the North Island Division. Campbell River hosts the Peninsula Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

Also scoring for Victoria, who won its sixth game in a row, were Robert Zadra, Garnett Roberts, and Wade Johnson.

The Cougars opened the scoring at 4:54 of the first period when McMullen tipped home a Ryan Vorster wrist shot for his fifth power play goal of the season. Sitting in the sin bin was Chris Carpenter who was assessed a delay of game penalty only ten seconds earlier.

McMullen scored his second goal of the game after blowing past Lynden Eddy and then sliding the puck under Leighton Williams at 9:16.

There was no scoring until the 1:20 mark of the second period when Zadra skated from one faceoff circle to the other before twinkling the twine with a wrist shot. Zadra got back on track after having his 15-game point streak come to a screeching halt last Wednesday.

Roberts extended the lead to 4-0 after ripping a wrist shot past Williams for his first goal of the season at 9:40. The goal came from almost the same spot where Zadra had scored from.

Then at 13:46, Johnson took a no-look back pass from McMullen before hammering the puck home from the top of the blue paint. Lane Van de Wetering, who was named the game’s second star, picked up the second assist on the goal.

Victoria scored five times on 24 shots, chasing Williams who was given the hook by head coach Dale Purinton. Rookie Ty Rennie relieved the veteran, stopping all but one of 16 shots he faced.

Blanked for the first time this season, the Islanders could only muster 15 shots on Anthony Ciurro. For the 18-year-old Ciurro, he now leads all goaltenders in goals against average (1.51), save percentage (.926), and shutouts (3).

McMullen, who now has 11 goals for 26 points on the season, completed the hat-trick with 17.8 seconds remaining in the period.

There was no scoring in the final 20 minutes.

Kerry Park had a golden opportunity to erase the goose egg with a power play late in the game but the man advantage was negated when Adam Page received a double minor for high-sticking.

The loss drops the Islanders record to 8-11-1-2.

Victoria went 1-for-7 with the man advantage while going a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Danish born Ludvig Adamsen, who is a natural defenseman, played left wing on a line with Howard Howden and John Kretzschmar.

Former Cougars defenseman and current NHL linesman Trent Knorr was spotted at the game.

In Parksville, Derian Hamilton scored twice and Riley Mathieson stopped 21 shots as the visiting Comox Valley Glacier Kings held on for a 5-4 victory over the Oceanside Generals in a penalty filled game.

Next game for Victoria is Thursday, November 13 against the Westshore Wolves. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.

THREE STARS:

1st star, Sam McMullen (Goals: 3, Assists: 1)

2nd star, Lane Van de Wetering (Goals: 0, Assists: 1)

3rd star, Matt Osmond (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)

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