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MILL BAY, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars beat the Kerry Park Islanders 6-0 on Tuesday to sweep their first round Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoff series in four games.

Anthony Ciurro stopped all 21 shots while Liam Kinshella (2), Nathan Looysen, Jordan Passmore, Kenny Britton, and John Kretzschmar provided the offense.

Chipping in with three assists was Nico Somerville.

Victoria ended up outscoring the Islanders 21-4 which included a 5-1 win in Game 1 to set the tone.

Looysen opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the postseason after banging home an Austin Wilk rebound at 8:58 of the first period.

Less than six minutes later and on a power play, Passmore scored off his own rebound to put the Cougars up 2-0.

Kerry Park called a timeout immediately following the goal.

Ciurro came up big in the last minute of play, sprawling to rob Parker Ellis of a sure goal and then turning aside Lynden Eddy from in close.

Victoria outshot the Islanders 19-6 in that period.

Ciurro continued to make highlight reel saves.  The Peoria, Arizona native picked off a vicious snap shot off the stick of Eddy who had the top corner labelled.  Had Eddy scored, it would have pulled Kerry Park to within one.

Instead, the Cougars went ahead 3-0 when Kinshella converted a James Scott rebound into a goal at 15:19.

After taking a drop pass from Somerville at 4:21 of the third period, Britton wired the puck past Chase Anderson for his second goal of the playoffs.

Kretzschmar and Kinshella each added shorthanded empty net goals inside the final minute.

Victoria finished 1-for-8 on the power play while the Islanders went 0-for-5.

Anderson, who faced a combined total of 90 shots in Games 1 and 2, made 38 saves in a losing cause.

The Cougars now await the winner of the Peninsula Panthers-Westshore Wolves series.  Peninsula leads that best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game 6 slated for The Q Centre on Wednesday night.

For David Bittner, Chris Carpentier, Kyle Green, Ryan Paisley, Corey Peterson, Zack Smith, Graham Winship, and Eddy, it was their final game of junior eligibility.

Despite losing eight players to graduation, Kerry Park has a good nucleus of returnees for the 2016/17 season.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL:  Saanich Braves 3, Campbell River Storm 1.  Nanaimo Buccaneers 11, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 3.

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