NORTH SAANICH, B.C. – Tyler Vanuden scored two goals and added an assist as the visiting Victoria Cougars defeated the Peninsula Panthers 7-4 in one of two VIJHL games on tap Friday.
The win moves Victoria to within a point of the South Island Division leading Saanich Braves.
Nick Gomerich, Owen Dalman, Kenny Britton, James Scott, and Grayden Hohl also scored for the Cougars (5-1-0-1, 11 points).
It was the biggest offensive output of the season for Victoria which entered Friday averaging a woeful 2.7 goals scored per game.
Replying for Peninsula (1-8-0-2, 4 points) were Joe Stafford-Veale, Michael Sproule, Carson Cox, and Ty Hermsen.
The score was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes before the Cougars took a 5-3 lead into the third period.
Justin Anderson turned aside 19 shots for the victory while Shawn Parkinson made 27 saves in a losing cause.
Victoria finished 3-for-5 on the power play; meanwhile, the Panthers went 0-for-7.
Hohl, who has played the majority of his junior career with Peninsula, added three assists for a four-point night.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Kobe Oishi scored the game winner on a third period power play to lift the Campbell River Storm past the Westshore Wolves 3-1.
Next game for Victoria is Sunday, October 2 versus the Campbell River Storm. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:30 p.m.