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(ISN) – ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars scored five power play goals en route to a 9-0 annihilation of the Kerry Park Islanders in one of two VIJHL playoff games played on Sunday.

Michael Fretz, who was named the game’s first star, scored twice and added an assist.

The win gives Victoria a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series with a chance to sweep the Islanders in Mill Bay on Tuesday night.

Nick Lyons, Sam McMullen, Devin Mackey, Marino Somerville, Brett Lervold, Ryan Buse, and PJ Heger also scored for the Cougars.

In net for Victoria was Grant Payne who turned aside all 17 shots directed his way.

Prior to the game, Brian Harrison, Hockey BC Junior B Director and Myles Parsons, President of the VIJHL were on hand to present Victoria with a total of seven awards.

McMullen won the Doug Morton Trophy (Regular Season Scoring Leader), the Brian Harrison Trophy (Top Forward), and the Jamie Benn Trophy (Most Valuable Player).

Meanwhile, Fretz came away with the Saunders Subaru Community Service Award and the Jamie Robertson Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike). Anthony Ciurro won the Bruce Naylor Trophy (Top Goaltender) while Mark Van Helvoirt and his coaching staff took home the Eddie “The Storm” Kingston Award (Coach of the Year).

It was at 2:34 of the first period when the Cougars opened the scoring. Pinching in from the point, Lyons took a centering pass from Lane Van de Wetering and quickly fired the puck past Leighton Williams for his first goal of the playoffs.

McMullen gave Victoria a 2-0 lead with a power play redirect over the shoulder of Williams at 17:32.

Four seconds after Cody Short stepped out of the penalty box, Mackey scored his second goal in as many games at 1:04 of the second period. Then at 5:38, Somerville banged home a Ryan Vorster rebound from the side of the net to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.

After the goal, Williams was replaced by Ty Rennie.

Power play goals 64 seconds apart from Lervold and Buse generated more excitement from the pro-Victoria crowd at the Archie Browning Sports Centre.

Heger then put Rennie out of his misery at 8:51. After replacing Williams just over three minutes ago, Rennie was relegated back to the bench after allowing three goals on four shots.

A power play goal from Fretz at 16:42 would make the score 8-0.

Again it would be Fretz who would add another power play goal for good measure at 4:04 of the third period.

Williams allowed six goals on 40 shots.

The Cougars went 5-for-10 on the power play; meanwhile, Kerry Park finished 0-for-3.

In Colwood, Jordan Martin scored the game winner in extra time to lead the Westshore Wolves past the Saanich Braves 3-2 at The Q Centre. Westshore leads that series 2-1.


1st star, Michael Fretz (Goals: 2, Assists: 1)

2nd star, Nick Lyons (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)

3rd star, Austin Wilk (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)