(ISN) – The Andy Hebenton Trophy and Regular Season Championship Banner will be presented to the Victoria Cougars prior to their game against the Westshore Wolves this afternoon.
Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:30 p.m.
In addition to the game, it is also Victoria Minor Hockey Association Day.
All players who show up to this afternoon’s game wearing their V.M.H.A. jersey will be admitted free of charge. Also, all carded coaches, managers, and trainers will be let in at no cost as well.
V.M.H.A. players will be taking part in a mini game and skills competition during the first and second intermissions. There will also be an autograph session with the Cougars players.
Victoria (41-5-1-0), who enters this afternoon’s game on a nine game winning streak, will be heading into the playoffs next week as the VIJHL’s top team.
Sam McMullen scored two goals including the game winner at 4:27 of overtime as the Cougars edged the Campbell River Storm 2-1 on Friday to win the Andy Hebenton Trophy for the fifth year in a row.
The goals were the 39th and 40th for McMullen who will officially win the scoring title after today’s game. McMullen is currently three points shy of the century mark. The last player to eclipse 100 points was Victoria’s associate coach Brody Coulter.
Making his 16th consecutive start in net, Grant Payne kept the Cougars hopes alive when he robbed Michael Olson from point blank range earlier in the overtime period.
Victoria went 1-for-3 with the man advantage; meanwhile, the Storm finished 0-for-4.
Shots on goal were 24 apiece.
Westshore (29-15-2-1) is having its best season since coming into the league two years ago.
Led by Corey Peterson and James Severs, offense is the Wolves greatest strength.
Westshore defeated the Saanich Braves 3-2 in its last game to surpass the 28 wins collected in its 2012-13 inaugural season.
This afternoon’s contest will conclude the VIJHL regular season.
And after 216 games, the playoff picture is almost set in stone. Victoria will face the Kerry Park Islanders while the Wolves square off against Saanich. In the North Island Division, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings will tangle with the Nanaimo Buccaneers.
Campbell River will not know until Monday night as to who it will face. The Oceanside Generals and Peninsula Panthers will meet in a winner-take-all one game playoff.
STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 83 points, South Island Division. Westshore – 2nd place, 61 points, South Island Division
OFFENSE: Victoria – 2nd place, 5.23 goals for per game. Westshore – 3rd place, 4.51 goals for per game
DEFENSE: Victoria – 1st place, 2.09 goals against per game. Westshore – 6th place, 4.13 goals against per game
TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Sam McMullen, 40 goals; Sam McMullen, 57 assists; Sam McMullen, 97 points; John Kretzschmar, 91 penalty minutes. Westshore – James Severs, 22 goals; Corey Peterson, 37 assists; Corey Peterson, 56 points; Tyler Smith, 148 penalty minutes
GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Anthony Ciurro (1.51 goals against average, .934 save percentage); Grant Payne (2.38 goals against average, .890 save percentage). Westshore – Blake Pearson (3.50 goals against average, .882 save percentage); Chris Smith (3.98 goals against average, .881 save percentage)
POWER PLAY: Victoria – 1st place, 63-for-250, 25.20 percent. Westshore – 5th place, 43-for-236, 18.22 percent
PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 1st place, 192-for-210, 91.43 percent. Westshore – 4th place, 248-for-296, 83.78 percent
SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads, 5-2-0-0
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
January 29, 2015. Westshore Wolves 4 @ Victoria Cougars 8
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 20-2-1-0. Westshore – Away, 11-11-0-1
STREAKS: Victoria, 9-0-0-0. Westshore, 3-0-0-0
LAST TEN: Victoria, 9-1-0-0. Westshore, 6-3-0-1