ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Nathan Looysen scored twice and Anthony Ciurro stopped 19 shots for his sixth shutout of the season as the Victoria Cougars blanked the Nanaimo Buccaneers 4-0 on Thursdaynight.
It was the tenth win in a row for Victoria.
After a scoreless first period, Looysen got the Cougars (20-4-1-0) on the board at the 8:42 mark of the middle frame when he cut towards the net from the half wall and slid the puck past Alex Orth for a power play goal.
As Victoria celebrated, Orth lay face down on the ice following his collision with Looysen. The six-foot-four, 180-pound goalie dropped down to all fours for a couple of minutes before he was slowly helped up by trainer Reagan Robinson.
Orth would stay in the game.
Then with 0.9 seconds remaining in the period, Dom Kolbeins took a pass at the top of the crease from Cody Hodges and buried it to boost the Cougars lead to 2-0. Kolbeins has now recorded at least a point in his last 23 games.
Again, the goal came with the man advantage.
The Buccaneers struggled to generate much in that period, managing only three shots on goal.
Brett Lervold made it 3-0 after he banged home a Ryan Buse rebound at 6:04 of the third period.
Nanaimo ran into more penalty trouble as Jake Calverley went off for roughing at 12:15. 20 seconds after the infraction, Looysen ripped a shot over the glove of Orth from the top of the left faceoff circle.
Tempers flared late in the game when Calverley got into a shoving match with John Kretzschmar. The Buccaneers defenseman would receive an extra minor for roughing and a ten-minute misconduct. Calverley, who has 473 career penalty minutes in 124 games, uttered an expletive word when leaving the ice surface.
Hobin Zinck had one last chance in the final seconds to break the goose egg but his shot sailed over the net.
Victoria went 3-for-8 on the power play; meanwhile, the Buccaneers went 0-for-5.
Orth faced 37 shots.
Nanaimo (12-11-1-2), which went winless in November, has now dropped its last seven games.
Next game for the Cougars is Saturday, November 28 against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. Game time at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, located at 3001 Vanier Drive, is 7:30 p.m.
1st star, Austin Wilk (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Kameron Fink (Goals: 0, Assists: 1)
3rd star, Ryan Vorster (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)