The Victoria Cougars host the Westshore Wolves tonight

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

(ISN) – Fans wearing a Victoria Cougars hat, a Victoria Cougars shirt, or a Victoria Cougars jersey to the game tonight, will be admitted for only five dollars.

The Cougars are 34-5-1-0 following its 8-7 victory over the Nanaimo Buccaneers last Sunday. With only eight games remaining in the regular season, Victoria trails the league-leading Campbell River Storm by only a point in the race for the Andy Hebenton Trophy.

However, the Cougars do have one game in hand on Campbell River and will hopefully use it to their advantage tonight against Westshore.

Tonight’s game marks the seventh of eight contests between these two divisional rivals. Victoria leads the season series 4-2 which includes most recently a 9-1 win over the Wolves on January 14.

In that game, Nathan Looysen scored twice which included the game winner and Grant Payne stopped 23 shots for his 15th win of the season. After allowing a first period goal from Corey Peterson, the Cougars went on to score four goals in the second period and five more in the third.

Shots on goal favoured Victoria 35-24.

Sam McMullen of the Cougars leads the VIJHL in scoring with 80 points.

Westshore has compiled a 25-14-1-1 record, good for second place in the South Island Division and third place overall in the VIJHL standings. The Saanich Braves were the Wolves latest victims, falling 6-0 on January 21.

Chris Smith made 36 saves for his first shutout of the season.

Westshore is led offensively by James Severs. The former Cougars and Storm forward has 19 goals and 27 assists in 35 games. Sitting second in team scoring is Peterson who has 45 points on the season.

Both Victoria and the Wolves have won their last two games.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the Oceanside Generals travels to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 69 points, South Island Division. Westshore – 2nd place, 52 points, South Island Division

OFFENSE: Victoria – 2nd place, 5.00 goals for per game. Westshore – 3rd place, 4.44 goals for per game

DEFENSE: Victoria – 1st place, 2.18 goals against per game. Westshore – 5th place, 4.07 goals against per game

TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Wade Johnson, 32 goals; Sam McMullen, 52 assists; Sam McMullen, 80 points; John Kretzschmar, 73 penalty minutes. Westshore – James Severs, Christian Brandt, 19 goals; Corey Peterson, 29 assists; James Severs, 46 points; Tyler Smith, 146 penalty minutes

GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Anthony Ciurro (1.51 goals against average, .934 save percentage); Grant Payne (2.62 goals against average, .885 save percentage). Westshore – Blake Pearson (3.62 goals against average, .881 save percentage); Chris Smith (3.72 goals against average, .887 save percentage)

POWER PLAY: Victoria – 1st place, 50-for-208, 24.04 percent. Westshore – 4th place, 41-for-210, 19.52 percent

PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 1st place, 165-for-182, 90.66 percent. Westshore – 4th place, 221-for-261, 84.67 percent

SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads, 4-2-0-0

PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:
October 15, 2014. Victoria Cougars 1 @ Westshore Wolves 3
October 23, 2014. Westshore Wolves 3 @ Victoria Cougars 8
November 13, 2014. Westshore Wolves 1 @ Victoria Cougars 9
November 19, 2014. Victoria Cougars 6 @ Westshore Wolves 1
December 17, 2014. Victoria Cougars 5 @ Westshore Wolves 6
January 14, 2015. Victoria Cougars 9 @ Westshore Wolves 1
February 15, 2015. Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 17-2-1-0. Westshore – Away, 9-10-0-1

STREAKS: Victoria, 2-0-0-0. Westshore, 2-0-0-0

LAST TEN: Victoria, 8-2-0-0. Westshore, 6-3-0-1