ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars handed Campbell River its first loss in seven games as they beat the Storm 4-2 at the Archie Browning Sports Centre on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Akila Sato-Gaudreau had two goals for Victoria who extended its win streak to four games.
The Cougars (6-1-0-1) built a 3-0 lead through the first 20 minutes, leaving Campbell River head coach Lee Stone no choice but to pull his No. 1 goaltender Chris Smith.
Owen Dalman and Jordan Passmore also scored for Victoria.
Replying for the Storm (8-2-0-0), whose last loss was an 8-7 defeat to the Saanich Braves on September 10, were Colin Blake and Mitch Williams.
The Cougars would get the break they needed – a faceoff to the left of Smith deep in Campbell River territory.
Left unguarded in front of the net, Matthew Rokosh gobbled up a Jake Calverley rebound and then slid the puck underneath Smith to Sato-Gaudreau who banged it home from the edge of the crease for his first goal of the season at 3:04.
Victoria went ahead 2-0 on an odd-man rush at 9:53. Skating up the right side, Passmore slid the puck over to Tyler Vanuden who was being closely checked. Trailing on the play was Dalman who took a no-look backhand pass from Vaunden before rifling the puck over the catching glove of Smith.
Sato-Gaudreau would strike again, tipping the puck past Smith at 16:11. From the left point, Carl Ewert made a beautiful slap pass to Rokosh who inadvertently tipped the puck onto Sato-Gaudreau’s stick.
After allowing three goals on 14 shots, Smith was replaced by Zak Myrowich at the start of the second period.
On the power play, Blake got the Storm on the board at 3:22 of the middle frame after redirecting Sheldon Brett’s centering pass behind Justin Anderson. Watching the proceedings from the sin bin was Calverley who had only 21 seconds remaining in his tripping penalty.
Getting credit for the second assist on Blake’s goal was Aaron Brewer.
There would be no scoring until the six minute mark of the third period when Passmore banged home a Ewert rebound.
Williams, who had two goals in six games before getting released by the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL, beat Anderson from a sharp angle. Assisting on the goal was former Cougars forward Dom Kolbeins.
Then with just under 90 seconds remaining in regulation, Myrowich was pulled for an extra attacker.
Looking for his second goal of the game, Blake missed by inches when his point shot rang off the cross bar.
Anderson made 28 saves for the win. Myrowich stopped 17 shots in relief.
The Cougars finished 0-for-4 on the power play; meanwhile, Campbell River went 1-for-3.
Next game for Victoria is Wednesday, October 5 versus the Westshore Wolves. Game time at The Q Centre, located at 1767 Old Island Highway, is 7:00 p.m.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, Akila Sato-Gaudreau (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Avery Hill (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Jake Calverley (Goals: 0, Assists: 1)