(ISN) – COURTENAY, B.C. – Michael Fretz scored the game winner at 1:06 of double overtime to lift the Victoria Cougars past the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 4-3 Saturday night.
With the win, Victoria (31-4-1-0) moved to within a single point of the idle Campbell River Storm for first place overall in the VIJHL standings. The Cougars do have one game in hand on Campbell River which they will use Wednesday night versus the Westshore Wolves.
It was 1-1 after one period, 3-1 for the Glacier Kings, and then 3-3 after two. There was no scoring in the third period despite Victoria outshooting Comox Valley 9-3.
Sam McMullen had a pair of goals for the Cougars who extended their winning streak to four games. Also scoring was Wade Johnson.
For McMullen, he now has recorded at least a point in his last 23 games.
Colton St. John, Sheldon Brett, and Jonas Horvath replied for the Glacier Kings (18-13-1-5).
Victoria’s Grant Payne made 14 saves for his 14th win of the season. Zachary Straza, who faced a total of 23 shots, took the loss.
The power play was non-existent for one team and existent for the other. Comox Valley went 0-for-5 while the Cougars went 1-for-3.
Elsewhere around the VIJHL, the Saanich Braves won 4-1 over the Kerry Park Islanders.
Next game for Victoria is Wednesday, January 14 against the Westshore Wolves. Game time at The Q Centre, located at 1767 Old Island Highway, is 7:00 p.m.
1st star, Michael Fretz (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)
2nd star, Sam McMullen (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Colton St. John (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)