The Victoria Cougars host the Comox Valley Glacier Kings this Thursday.
Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
Victoria (7-3-0-2) kicks off a four-game home stand on Thursday after playing its last two on the road.
On Saturday, the Cougars capped off a stretch of three games in three nights with a 4-1 win over the hometown Oceanside Generals.
Owen Dalman scored twice for Victoria while Jake Calverley and Nick Gomerich each added singles.
The Cougars began their three-in-three set last Thursday by defeating the visiting Kerry Park Islanders 4-3 in overtime. That encouraging win was quickly followed by a discouraging 6-5 double overtime loss to the Braves in Saanich on Friday.
After earning five out of a possible six points this past week, Victoria moved into a first place tie with the Braves for top spot in the South Island Division. The Cougars do have a game in hand on Saanich.
Calverley and Gomerich have recorded at least a point in each of their last three games.
Thursday will also mark the second of four meetings between Victoria and the Glacier Kings with Comox Valley leading the series.
Back on September 17, Finn Withey notched the equalizer on an extended power play with 55 seconds left in regulation and Zachary Ahola scored the game winner with 36 seconds remaining in double overtime to lead the Glacier Kings to a 4-3 hometown victory.
Making his home debut on Thursday will be Kaelen Anderson. An 18-year-old forward from Langley, B.C., Anderson was acquired late last week from the Mission City Outlaws of the PJHL in exchange for future considerations.
Anderson has already paid dividends, picking up an assist on Saturday.
The wheeling and dealing did not stop there for the Cougars. On Sunday, Victoria acquired future considerations from the Generals in exchange for 18-year-old forwards Caleb Griffin and Matthew Rokosh.
Comox Valley (10-3-0-0) is the hottest team in the VIJHL right now, having won its last four games.
Only four points behind the North Island Division leading Campbell River Storm and with one game in hand, the Glacier Kings extended their longest streak of the season with an 8-3 win over Oceanside last Sunday.
Leading the attack was Withey with two goals and three assists. Derick Smith, who sits in sole possession of second place in league scoring with ten goals and 14 assists, chipped in with four points.
Willie Daigneault is on a three-game point streak for Comox Valley.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the Westshore Wolves travel to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
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STANDINGS: Victoria – T1st place, 18 points, South Island Division. Comox Valley – 2nd place, 20 points, North Island Division
OFFENSE: Victoria – 5th place, 3.38 goals for per game. Comox Valley – 2nd place, 4.38 goals for per game
DEFENSE: Victoria – 3rd place, 2.69 goals against per game. Comox Valley – 4th place, 3.08 goals against per game
TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Owen Dalman, 8 goals; Nick Gomerich, 10 assists; Nick Gomerich, 16 points; Owen Dalman, 49 penalty minutes. Comox Valley – Derick Smith, 10 goals; Derick Smith, 14 assists; Derick Smith, 24 points; Brayden McCartney, 47 penalty minutes
GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Justin Anderson (2.49 goals against average, .908 save percentage); Anthony Ciurro (2.61 goals against average, .910 save percentage). Comox Valley – Marcus Gloss (2.97 goals against average, .909 save percentage); William Cawthorn (3.88 goals against average, .875 save percentage)
POWER PLAY: Victoria – 2nd place, 12-for-55, 21.82 percent. Comox Valley – 3rd place, 14-for-67, 20.90 percent
PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 4th place, 51-for-61, 83.61 percent. Comox Valley – 7th place, 64-for-81, 79.01 percent
SEASON SERIES: Comox Valley leads series, 1-0-0-0
PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:
September 17, 2016. Victoria Cougars 3 @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings 4 (2OT)
December 16, 2016. Victoria Cougars @ Comox Valley Glacier Kings
February 16, 2017. Comox Valley Glacier Kings @ Victoria Cougars
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 5-1-0-0. Comox Valley – Away, 5-2-0-0
STREAKS: Victoria, 1-0-0-0. Comox Valley, 4-0-0-0
LAST TEN: Victoria, 6-2-0-2. Comox Valley, 8-2-0-0