By Peter Kung
ESQUIMALT, B.C. – What a debut for Devon Vorster!
The 17-year-old call up from the Delta Hockey Academy had two assists in helping the Victoria Cougars to an 8-0 romp over the Kerry Park Islanders on a rainy and windy Thursday evening.
With its season long sixth win in a row, Victoria improves to 16-4-1-0 on the season.
Vorster, who got to play alongside fellow defenseman and older brother Ryan, looked like a seasoned veteran.
Scoring for the Cougars were Kameron Fink (2), Nathan Looysen (2), Dom Kolbeins, Cody Hodges, Ryan Vorster, and Nico Somerville.
Picking up the win was Gregory Maggio who turned aside all 18 shots for his second shutout of the season.
Victoria led 2-0 after one period and 5-0 after two.
Looysen opened the scoring at 13:31 on the power play. After taking a feed from Hodges, the former Kamloops Blazers forward ripped the puck past goaltender Chase Anderson from the top of the right faceoff circle.
Then at 16:49, Kolbeins beat Anderson short side to extend his point streak to 19 games.
Fink was awarded a penalty shot at 8:43 of the second period after he was hauled down from behind by Tanner Browne. In all alone, Fink made a nice deke on Anderson before sliding the puck home to make the score 3-0.
The Cougars padded their lead on a goal by Hodges at 14:47. Gaining speed through the neutral zone, D. Vorster sidestepped Josiah Nadon at the Kerry Park blue line, dished the puck off to Kolbeins who then fed Hodges with a nifty backhand pass.
Then with 24.2 seconds remaining in the period, Fink would bury his second goal of the game after taking a centering pass from Lane Vandewetering. Picking up the second assist was D. Vorster.
After the goal, Patrick Poets was penalized for knocking Fink to the ice from behind. Feeling the effects of the unexpected cross-check, Fink had to be helped to the bench by Somerville. The Aurora, Colorado native would return.
Victoria caught a lucky break when Vandewetering got up after taking a vicious head shot from Poets at 6:39 of the third period. Poets, who now leads the league with 111 penalty minutes, received a minor for roughing and a ten-minute misconduct for his recklessness.
Vandewetering was making his return after missing the last 18 games because of an injury.
Coincidental minors to Kyle Green and Kolbeins coupled with a roughing penalty to David Bittner 18 seconds later put the Cougars on a two-man advantage.
R. Vorster made the Islanders pay for their mistakes by rifling a wrist shot past Anderson from the high slot at 7:24.
Then at 15:04, Looysen made it 7-0 with his 16th goal of the season and league leading 51st point.
Just prior to the goal, Kolbeins put his body on the line when he blocked a point shot by Browne.
Penalties to Bittner and Browne put Victoria back on a two-man advantage. Somerville closed out the scoring after one-timing a Carlos Grouchy feed with 54.7 seconds remaining in regulation.
As the buzzer sounded to end the game, Anderson, who faced 40 shots, made a bee-line towards the bench and slammed his stick on along the boards before exiting the ice.
The Cougars finished 3-for-10 with the man advantage while Kerry Park went 0-for-3.
Kenny Britton made his Victoria debut after he was traded from the Westshore Wolves in exchanged for Brandon Tutte yesterday.
The loss drops the Islanders to 10-10-1-0.
In four meetings with Kerry Park this season, three games have come via shutouts.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL: Westshore Wolves 5, Saanich Braves 4. Campbell River Storm 4, Nanaimo Buccaneers 3.
Next game for Victoria is Thursday, November 19 against the Kerry Park Islanders. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
1st star, Cody Hodges (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)
2nd star, Kameron Fink (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Nathan Looysen (Goals: 2, Assists: 2)