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Peter Kung

 

(ISN) – MILL BAY, B.C. – Sam McMullen had two goals and an assist as the Victoria Cougars used a three-goal first period to down the Kerry Park Islanders 4-1 on Saturday night.

Victoria now leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 and can push the Islanders to the brink of elimination with a win Sunday afternoon at the Archie Browning Sports Centre.

Wade Johnson and Devin Mackey also scored for the top-seeded Cougars.

Replying for Kerry Park was Taylor Ambruster who made it a 2-1 affair at the 11:16 mark of the opening frame.

In the first two periods, Victoria controlled the game by firing 47 shots towards Leighton Williams. The Islanders, meanwhile, could only muster a paltry ten shots on goal through the first 40 minutes.

Shots though were dead even at ten apiece in the final stanza.

Grant Payne, who was named the game’s second star, made his 19th consecutive start in net while Anthony Ciurro was still recovering from a mid-December injury.

The Cougars went 1-for-8 on the power play. Kerry Park went 0-for-8.

McMullen put the icing on the cake by scoring unassisted into an empty net with 1.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the visiting Campbell River Storm beat the Oceanside Generals 4-1 to take a 3-0 series lead. And in Courtenay, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings took a 2-1 series lead following their 5-3 win over the visiting Nanaimo Buccaneers.

THREE STARS:

1st star, Leighton Williams (Saves: 54, Save Percentage: .947)

2nd star, Grant Payne (Saves: 19, Save Percentage: .950)

3rd star, Taylor Armbruster (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)

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