ESQUIMALT, B.C. – John Hawthorne stopped all 27 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Nanaimo Buccaneers blanked the Victoria Cougars 3-0 in one of two VIJHL games played Sunday afternoon.
It was the second time Victoria has been shut out this season.
Chad Bell, Clayton Peace, and Trent Bell scored for the Buccaneers (7-9-0-0) who earned their second straight victory.
Chipping in with a pair of assists was Billy Walters.
Fresh off a 4-3 double overtime loss to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings which kicked off a four-game home stand last Thursday, the Cougars simply could not get any traffic in front of Hawthorne. In addition, Victoria was not smart on penalties which cost them valuable even strength time.
On the ensuing faceoff immediately after T. Bell gave Nanaimo a three goal lead, Kenny Britton mauled Jayden Schubert at centre ice. Britton was properly assessed a two minute minor for instigating, a five minute major for fighting, and an automatic game misconduct.
Schubert was not penalized.
Earlier in the game, T. Bell was struck in the mouth by an Avery Hill high-stick. Hill received a double minor on the play.
C. Bell opened the scoring 11:42 into the first period on the power play when his deflection from in close beat Justin Anderson. Watching the proceedings from the sin bin was Britton who had only 13 seconds expired in his slashing penalty.
The score remained 1-0 until the 12:26 mark of the second period. One second after Kaelen Anderson stepped out of the penalty box, Peace wired a point shot through traffic past J. Anderson.
Then on the penalty kill, T. Bell went coast to coast in a highlight reel goal when his wrist shot from 20 feet out sailed over the catching glove of J. Anderson.
Victoria (8-4-0-3) came close twice to breaking Hawthorne’s shutout bid. Tyler Pang rang the puck off the goal post and Grayden Hohl had his breakaway attempt stopped.
J. Anderson faced 31 shots.
The Cougars finished 0-for-4 with the man advantage; meanwhile, Nanaimo went 1-for-8.
T. Bell, who was named the game’s second star, made a huge shot block off the stick of Hill with five minutes remaining in regulation.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Michael Sproule scored once and added an assist to lead the Peninsula Panthers to a 4-2 win over the Oceanside Generals.
Next game for Victoria is Thursday, October 27 versus the Westshore Wolves. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
BAYVIEW PLACE THREE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, John Hawthorne (Saves: 27, Save Percentage: 1.000)
2nd star, Trent Bell (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Billy Walters (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)