NORTH SAANICH, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars continued their winning ways following a 4-2 win over the Peninsula Panthers on Friday night.
John Kretzschmar led the way with a goal and two assists. Also scoring for Victoria, which won its third game in a row, were Ryan Carson, Dom Kolbeins, and Nathan Looysen.
The win took place in front of 324 at the Panorama Recreation Centre.
Anthony Ciurro was Anthony Ciurro-like once again, making several key saves late in the game when Peninsula was knocking on the door.
The Cougars (36-5-1-1) opened the scoring at 17:54 of the first period on a delayed penalty call. With Ciurro at the bench for an extra attacker, Carson found the back of the net for his 20th goal of the season.
Kolbeins scored his first goal in seven games at 19:34 to make it 2-0.
There was no scoring until the 7:48 mark of the second period when Mitch Moloney wired a point shot through traffic for the home side.
Then at 11:16, Ryan Lawson feathered a perfect centering pass to Kretzschmar who redirected the puck in past Alex Olson.
Looysen, who scored three goals last night against Oceanside, wired home his team leading 39th goal on a nice set up play from Cody Hodges at 13:34.
50 seconds later, Mike Sproule pulled the Panthers back to within two.
Peninsula (20-21-1-3) took over the third period peppering Ciurro with 14 shots but failed to score. His best save came with just under four minutes to play in regulation when he robbed Koby Hale with an outstanding glove save.
Both teams each finished with 26 shots and both teams went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Olson made 22 saves in the loss.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Austin Steger scored at 2:52 of overtime to lift the visiting Campbell River Storm past the Saanich Braves.
Next game for Victoria is Thursday, February 11 against the Saanich Braves. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
1st star, John Kretzschmar (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)
2nd star, Mitch Moloney (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Garnett Roberts (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)