(ISN) – MILL BAY, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars ended the month of January with a bang.
Michael Fretz, John Kretzschmar, Nathan Looysen, and Sam McMullen tallied two goals apiece as Victoria walloped the Kerry Park Islanders 12-0 on Saturday night.
Goaltender Grant Payne stopped all 14 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season.
The victory capped off a successful three games in three nights stretch which saw the Cougars beat the Westshore Wolves 8-4 on Thursday and edge the Saanich Braves 3-2 on Friday.
Having garnered six out of a possible six points, Victoria (37-5-1-0) remains one point ahead of the Campbell River Storm in the race for the Andy Hebenton Trophy. Both the Cougars and Campbell River have five games remaining on their respective schedules.
PJ Heger, Lane Van de Wetering, Austin Wilk, and Robert Zadra rounded out the scoring for Victoria who held period leads of 4-0 and 10-0.
It was certainly not a good night for both Kerry Park goaltenders. Rookie Ty Rennie got the start but was chased from the net after surrendering three goals on nine shots. Leighton Williams, who was pulled from his last game, came on in relief but was shown the hook after making only 17-of-22 saves.
Back in between the pipes, Rennie allowed four more goals on 24 shots.
Victoria had more goals than the Islanders had shots for more than two periods.
A third period altercation between Matt Osmond and Payne resulted in Heger coming to the aid of his goaltender. Both players went toe to toe before Heger caught Osmond with a punch that dropped the Islanders forward to the ice.
The Cougars went 2-for-6 with the man advantage; meanwhile, Kerry Park went 0-for-4.
Failing to gain ground in the South Island Division, the fourth place Islanders (14-25-1-4) are currently five points out of third place and four points from fifth place.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL: Campbell River Storm 7, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 0; Saanich Braves 10, Oceanside Generals 2.
Next game for Victoria is Wednesday, February 4 against the Peninsula Panthers. Game time at the Panorama Recreation Centre, located at 1885 Forest Park Drive, is 6:30 p.m.
1st star, Grant Payne (Saves: 14, Save Percentage: 1.000)
2nd star, Aiden Silzer-Hooker (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
3rd star, Lane Van de Wetering (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)