(ISN) – ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Sam McMullen scored two goals and added three assists to lead the Victoria Cougars past the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 8-2 on Thursday night.
With the win, Victoria improves to 39-5-1-0 and moves five points ahead of the idle Campbell River Storm for top spot in the VIJHL standings. Having played two fewer games, Campbell River will now embark on a three games in three night stretch to make up for lost time.
The Cougars, who have now won seven in a row, also received goals from Nathan Looysen, Devin Mackey, Austin Wilk, Michael Fretz, John Kretzschmar, and Nick Lyons.
Goaltender Grant Payne made 13 saves for Victoria.
Liam Shaw and Dylan Sampson replied for the Glacier Kings who trailed 2-0 after one period and 4-1 after two.
The Cougars have been giving opposing goalies fits all season and Thursday was no exception.
Liam Young got the start in net but was pulled after allowing four goals on only 13 shots. His replacement, Matt Henwood, made 23 saves in relief.
Comox Valley, who dropped to 21-16-1-5, had as many as four affiliate players in its makeshift lineup. Henwood was one of them.
The game did not feature much rough stuff. Victoria went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Glacier Kings went 0-for-3.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Tanner Browne scored twice including the game winner to lead the Kerry Park Islanders to a 3-2 win over the Nanaimo Buccaneers in front of 160 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
Next game for the Cougars is Thursday, February 12 against Kerry Park. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
1st star, Sam McMullen (Goals: 2, Assists: 3)
2nd star, Michael Fretz (Goals: 1, Assists: 3)
3rd star, Ryan Vorster (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)