Westshore Wolves 11-game unbeaten streak at The Q Centre came to an end

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Peter Kung

(ISN) – COLWOOD, B.C. – The Westshore Wolves 11-game unbeaten streak at The Q Centre came to an end on Wednesday.

Sam McMullen scored once and added four assists as the Victoria Cougars cruised to a 6-1 win.

Also scoring for Victoria, who led 3-0 after one period and 5-1 after two, were Lane Van de Wetering, Wade Johnson, Ryan Carson, Nick Lyons, and Michael Fretz.

The victory extended the Cougars win streak to nine games and is currently the only team in the nine-team Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League to have not encountered a loss on home ice this season. Victoria is 7-0-1-0 at the friendly confines of the Archie Browning Sports Centre.

Anthony Ciurro delivered another impressive outing for the Cougars, making 27 saves which included stopping a second period penalty shot. The 18-year-old rookie from Peoria, Arizona lowered his league leading goals against average to 1.41 while raising his league leading save percentage to .934.

Victoria opened the scoring at 7:09 when McMullen beat Chris Smith from the right faceoff dot. McMullen, who leads the VIJHL scoring race with 38 points, extended his goal streak to four games and his point streak to nine games.

Van de Wetering extended his point streak to five games after redirecting a hard pass from the half wall by Johnson at 10:45.

The Cougars made it 3-0 with exactly 32 seconds remaining in the period. Some good fore-checking from Johnson and McMullen would lead to Johnson notching his fourth goal in as many games.

Nick Guiney of Westshore was awarded a penalty shot after getting hauled down by Aiden Silzer-Hooker during a shorthanded breakaway at the 5:46 mark of the second period. However, the score remained 3-0 after Guiney had his shot steered aside by the blocker of Ciurro.

Carson gave Victoria a four goal lead with a power play goal at 6:33. Watching the proceedings from the sin bin was Corey Peterson who had just over a minute remaining in his slashing penalty.

The Wolves, who dropped to 10-1-1-0 at home, received a two-man power play for one minute and 22-seconds midway through the period. But the penalty killing units of Jake Stolz/Ryan Buse/Carson, Robert Zadra/Stolz/Johnson, and Zadra/Carson/Stolz limited Westshore to only two shots on goal.

Ciurro had his bid for his fourth shutout foiled at 12:52 when Tyler Smith scored from the top of the left faceoff circle.

Then with 33.8 seconds remaining until the second intermission, Lyons teamed up with McMullen and Johnson for his third goal of the season.

And with T. Smith in penalty box for interference, Fretz would round out the scoring with a power play marker at 4:04 of the third period.

Victoria went 2-for-7 on the power play while their penalty kill went a perfect 4-for-4.

C. Smith turned aside 32 shots in the loss.

The win moves the South Island Division leading Cougars (18-2-1-0) six points ahead of second place Westshore (15-8-1-0).

Next game for Victoria is Thursday, November 20 against the Peninsula Panthers. 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: 1, Assists: 4)

2nd star, Anthony Ciurro (Saves: 27, Save Percentage: .964)

3rd star, Chris Smith (Saves: 32, Save Percentage: .842)

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