Victoria Cougars go for twelve straight wins this Thursday

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The Victoria Cougars host the Westshore Wolves this Thursday in one of two Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games on tap.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.

Fans wearing Cougars apparel like a hat, shirt, or jersey to the game will be let in for only five dollars.

Thursday marks the fourth of eight meetings between these two teams.

Victoria (21-4-1-0) will be looking for its twelfth straight victory while other personal streaks will be on the line as well.

Nathan Looysen will try to extend his point streak to 21 games.  The former Kamloops Blazers forward recorded three goals and one assist in Saturday’s 6-0 win over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.  That gave Looysen, whose 64 points leads the VIJHL in scoring, 23 goals and 32 assists in his last 20 games.

Acquired for his offensive prowess from the Chase Heat of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League during the offseason, Cody Hodges extended his point streak to 14 games and has found the score sheet 24 out of a possible 26 times.  The Chase, BC native sits just three points back of Looysen in scoring.

Dom Kolbeins, the third member of the Looysen-Hodges line, has played two dozen times and has recorded at least a point in all 24 games.  A standout last year for the West Sound Warriors of the Northern Pacific Hockey League, the Campbell River, BC native has scored a goal in each of his last eight games. Kolbeins is tied with Hodges for the league lead with ten power play goals.

In net, Anthony Ciurro is on pace to break Connor Beauchamp’s club record for shutouts in a season.  Beauchamp led the Cougars with nine shutouts during the 2013-14 regular season.  So far, Ciurro is three off the pace of shattering the record.  The Peoria, AZ native has also not allowed a goal in 136 minutes and 33 seconds.

Ryan Carson, Kameron Fink, Brett Lervold, and Ryan Vorster of Victoria are all riding two game point streaks.

The Wolves (14-9-0-3) won their last game by defeating the Oceanside Generals 6-3 Saturday.  Jackson Penney and his charges go for two in a row on Wednesday when it hosts Comox Valley at The Q Centre.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Ryan Paisley and the Kerry Park Islanders visit Jordan Levesque and the Nanaimo Buccaneers.

STANDINGS:  Victoria – 1st place, 43 points, South Island Division.  Westshore – 2nd place, 31 points, South Island Division

OFFENSE:  Victoria – 1st place, 5.81 goals for per game.  Westshore – 3rd place, 3.77 goals for per game

DEFENSE:  Victoria – 1st place, 1.62 goals against per game.  Westshore – 7th place, 4.12 goals against per game

TEAM LEADERS:  Victoria – Nathan Looysen, Cody Hodges, 24 goals; Nathan Looysen, 40 assists; Nathan Looysen, 64 points; Kenny Britton, 80 penalty minutes.  Westshore – Cory Hatcher, Branden Tangney, 14 goals; Cory Hatcher, 21 assists; Cory Hatcher, 35 points; Tanner Sidaway, 88 penalty minutes

GOALTENDERS:  Victoria – Anthony Ciurro (1.43 goals against average, .941 save percentage); Gregory Maggio (1.67 goals against average, .932 save percentage).  Westshore – Leighton Williams (3.46 goals against average, .885 save percentage); Chris Smith (4.39 goals against average, .872 save percentage)

POWER PLAY:  Victoria – 1st place, 48-for-142, 33.80 percent.  Westshore – 9th place, 14-for-114, 12.28 percent

PENALTY KILL:  Victoria – 1st place, 123-for-133, 92.48 percent.  Westshore – 5th place, 111-for-136, 81.62 percent

SEASON SERIES:  Victoria leads, 2-1-0-0

PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:

September 17, 2015.  Westshore Wolves 1 @ Victoria Cougars 10

October 7, 2015.  Victoria Cougars 2 @ Westshore Wolves 4

October 15, 2015.  Westshore Wolves 0 @ Victoria Cougars 4

December 9, 2015.  Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

January 6, 2016.  Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

January 14, 2016.  Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

January 20, 2016.  Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

HOME/AWAY RECORDS:  Victoria – Home, 12-0-1-0.  Westshore – Away, 7-6-0-1

STREAKS:  Victoria, 11-0-0-0.  Westshore, 1-0-0-1

LAST TEN:  Victoria, 10-0-0-0.  Westshore, 4-3-0-3

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