Victoria Cougars shoot for seven straight wins

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(ISN) – The Victoria Cougars welcome the Comox Valley Glacier Kings for a non-divisional matchup tonight.

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

It is the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between these two squads.

Comox Valley has been one of the tougher teams the Cougars have had to play this year. One game ended in a tie, one game was decided by a lone goal, and one game had to be resolved in double overtime.

Victoria (38-5-1-0) extended its win streak to six games with a 7-2 win over the Peninsula Panthers last night.

Wade Johnson and Sam McMullen scored twice for the Cougars who moved three points ahead of the Campbell River Storm for top spot in the VIJHL standings. Also lighting the lamp were Howard Howden, John Kretzschmar, and Marino Somerville.

Grant Payne stopped 16 shots for his league leading 21st win of the season. The 19-year-old goaltender from Colorado Springs, Colorado made his 13th consecutive start in between the pipes as Anthony Ciurro is still dealing with a nagging injury that has had him sidelined since mid-December.

Also in that game, Victoria scored three power play goals and three shorthanded goals.

McMullen has a nine point lead over Will McNamara of Campbell River for the VIJHL scoring lead.

The Glacier Kings (21-15-1-5) are coming off a 7-0 loss to Campbell River last Saturday.

A lot is at stake for both teams.

As mentioned earlier, the Cougars lead Campbell River by three points in the race for the Andy Hebenton Trophy. However, the Storm holds a game in hand on Victoria.

Second place in the North Island Division is still up for grabs. Comox Valley sits one point back of the Nanaimo Buccaneers with two games in hand.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the Kerry Park Islanders travel to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 77 points, South Island Division. Comox Valley – 3rd place, 48 points, North Island Division

OFFENSE: Victoria – 2nd place, 5.23 goals for per game. Comox Valley – 5th place, 3.69 goals for per game

DEFENSE: Victoria – 1st place, 2.16 goals against per game. Comox Valley – 3rd place, 3.74 goals against per game

TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Michael Fretz, 35 goals; Sam McMullen, 54 assists; Sam McMullen, 88 points; John Kretzschmar, 89 penalty minutes. Comox Valley – Dylan Sampson, 22 goals; Derian Hamilton, 44 assists; Derian Hamilton, 55 points; Liam Shaw, 105 penalty minutes

GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Anthony Ciurro (1.51 goals against average, .934 save percentage); Grant Payne (2.53 goals against average, .886 save percentage). Comox Valley – Zachary Straza (3.77 goals against average, .878 save percentage); Liam Young (4.32 goals against average, .862 save percentage)

POWER PLAY: Victoria – 1st place, 59-for-234, 25.21 percent. Comox Valley – 6th place, 41-for-243, 16.87 percent

PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 1st place, 182-for-200, 91.00 percent. Comox Valley – 3rd place, 213-for-249, 85.54 percent

SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads, 2-0-1-0

September 18, 2014. Comox Valley Glacier Kings 1 @ Victoria Cougars 1
November 15, 2014. Victoria Cougars 2 @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings 1
January 10, 2015. Victoria Cougars 4 @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings 3 (2OT)
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 18-2-1-0. Comox Valley – Away, 10-7-1-3

STREAKS: Victoria, 6-0-0-0. Comox Valley, 0-1-0-0

LAST TEN: Victoria, 9-1-0-0. Comox Valley, 5-3-0-2