Cougars win the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League title

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CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Nathan Looysen scored twice including into an empty net as the Victoria Cougars beat the Campbell River Storm 6-3 on Tuesday to win the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League title.

Both teams will now have eight days off to prepare for the Cyclone Taylor Cup which begins April 7 in Victoria.

The Cougars won the best-of-seven final 4-2 and claimed the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy for the seventh time in the past 12 years.

Announced attendance at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena was 1,056.

Brett Lervold, Cody Hodges, Ryan Lawson, and Ryan Carson also scored for Victoria.

The two teams were tied 2-2 heading into the third period.

Replying for Campbell River, which swept the Cougars in four straight games during the 2015 VIJHL Championship Series, were Alex Rosolowsky, Cole Slaney, and Josh Coblenz.

Anthony Ciurro was his typical solid self, turning aside 28 shots for his league leading tenth playoff win.

Lawson finished with three points while Dom Kolbeins, Lane Vandewetering, Carson, Hodges, Lervold, and Looysen recorded two points apiece.

Looysen led all playoffs scorers with 14 goals and 14 assists in 14 games.

Victoria finished 0-for-3 with the man advantage while the Storm finished 0-for-4.

Riley Welyk made 21 saves for Campbell River.

VIJHL president Myles Parsons was on hand to present Cougars captain John Kretzschmar with the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy – much to the delight of the Victoria fans in attendance who cheered loudly.

The Cyclone Taylor Cup will also include the Pacific Junior Hockey League champion Mission City Outlaws and the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion, either the 100 Mile House Wranglers or Kimberley Dynamiters.

100 Mile House leads its best-of-seven series 2-1.  Game 4 goes Wednesday night at the South Caribou Recreation Centre.

THREE STARS:

1st star, Nathan Looysen (Goals:  2, Assists: 0)

2nd star, Josh Coblenz (Goals:  1, Assists:  1)

3rd star, John Kretzschmar (Goals:  0, Assists:  1)

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