The Victoria Cougars (6-3-0-1) host the Kerry Park Islanders (6-4-0-0) this Thursday.
Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
Thursday marks the start of a three games in three nights stretch for Victoria who will see stops in Saanich and Oceanside.
The Cougars look to halt a two-game losing streak following their 4-3 collapse to the Westshore Wolves and 2-1 setback to the South Island Division leading Braves this past week.
Jordan Passmore scored the lone goal on Thursday for Victoria who lost for the first time on home ice.
After suffering a 3-1 loss to the Cougars three weeks ago, Kerry Park has since been on a roll. The Islanders enter Thursday’s contest winners of three of their past five games.
Kerry Park beat the Braves 4-2 and then the Peninsula Panthers 5-2 this past week to extend their win streak to two games.
Only four points separate the third-place Islanders from first place in the South Island Division standings.
On Friday, the Cougars will travel to Saanich for the fourth of eight meetings this season.
Victoria won the first two games by scores of 4-1 and 2-1.
Nick Guerra, who leads the VIJHL in scoring with 26 points, has so far been limited to scoring only one goal versus the Cougars.
Victoria will wrap up the weekend with a Saturday night tilt against the upstart Generals.
Despite having won only three games all season, five of Oceanside’s losses have come by a margin of two goals or less.
The Generals split their games this past week, walloping Peninsula 11-2 before dropping a 2-1 decision to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.
Ethan Sundstrum leads all Oceanside scorers with six goals and five assists for 11 points.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the Saanich Braves travel to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
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STANDINGS: Victoria – 2nd place, 13 points, South Island Division. Kerry Park – 3rd place, 12 points, South Island Division
OFFENSE: Victoria – 6th place, 3.10 goals for per game. Kerry Park – 5th place, 3.30 goals for per game
DEFENSE: Victoria – T2nd place, 2.50 goals against per game. Kerry Park – T2nd place, 2.50 goals against per game
TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Owen Dalman, 5 goals; Nick Gomerich, 8 assists; Nick Gomerich, 12 points; Owen Dalman, Kenny Britton, 31 penalty minutes. Kerry Park – Caleb Franklin, Scott Smith, Jarret Malloch, 4 goals; Connor Bissett, 9 assists; Connor Bissett, 11 points; Will Connors, 39 penalty minutes
GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Justin Anderson (2.33 goals against average, .911 save percentage); Anthony Ciurro (2.40 goals against average, .914 save percentage). Kerry Park – Rett Rook (2.33 goals against average, .928 save percentage); Chase Anderson (2.62 goals against average, .906 save percentage)
POWER PLAY: Victoria – 3rd place, 9-for-40, 22.50 percent. Kerry Park – 6th pace, 10-for-51, 19.61 percent
PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 4th place, 42-for-52, 80.77 percent. Kerry Park – 1st place, 48-for-53, 90.57 percent
SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads series, 1-0-0-0
PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:
September 22, 2016. Kerry Park Islanders 1 @ Victoria Cougars 3
November 5, 2016. Victoria Cougars @ Kerry Park Islanders
November 8, 2016. Victoria Cougars @ Kerry Park Islanders
November 19, 2016. Victoria Cougars @ Kerry Park Islanders
December 4, 2016. Kerry Park Islanders @ Victoria Cougars
December 15, 2016. Kerry Park Islanders @ Victoria Cougars
January 17, 2017. Victoria Cougars @ Kerry Park Islanders
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 4-1-0-0. Kerry Park – Away, 3-2-0-0
STREAKS: Victoria, 0-2-0-0. Kerry Park, 2-0-0-0
LAST TEN: Victoria, 6-3-0-1. Kerry Park, 6-4-0-0