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Peter Kung 

(ISN) – ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars capped off the regular season with a 10-1 win over the Westshore Wolves on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Already having clinched first place overall in the VIJHL, Victoria used the game Sunday as a tune up before the playoffs.

The Cougars will face the Kerry Park Islanders in the first round starting Thursday while Westshore opens against the Saanich Braves on Wednesday.

VIJHL president Myles Parsons was on hand and presented Wade Johnson, Sam McMullen, Jake Stolz, and Robert Zadra with the Andy Hebenton Trophy and Regular Season Championship Banner prior to puck drop.

Marino Somerville and Michael Fretz each scored twice for Victoria (42-5-1-0) which won its tenth game in a row. Also lighting the lamp were Brett Lervold, Nathan Looysen, Nick Lyons, Austin Wilk, McMullen, and Stolz.

For McMullen, who became the seventh Cougars player to win the Doug Morton Trophy, finished the regular season one point shy of 100. McMullen now joins the likes of Brody Coulter, Steve Axford, Michael Hammond, Karl Carveth, Mark Van Helvoirt, and Daryl Boyer who have all said to have won a VIJHL scoring title.

Boyer did it twice.

With Anthony Ciurro still injured, Grant Payne received his 17th straight start in net. The native of Colorado Springs, Colorado made 13 saves for his league leading 25th win.

Although Zach Kerr relieved Payne with 8:45 remaining in the third period, he was not tested once.

Jordan Law replied for Westshore (29-16-2-1) who had as many as nine regulars out of its lineup.

After recording a 32 save shutout in his last game, Blake Pearson allowed ten goals on 43 shots before giving way to Chris Smith who turned aside all two shots he faced in 6:08 of relief.

Victoria went 2-for-8 on the power play; meanwhile, the Wolves finished 0-for-7.

Next game for the Cougars is Thursday, February 19 against the Kerry Park Islanders. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.

THREE STARS:

1st star, Marino Somerville (Goals: 2, Assists: 2)

2nd star, Brett Lervold (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)

3rd star, Jake Stolz (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)

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