ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars pummelled the Westshore Wolves 7-2 on Thursday night.

With the win, Victoria moved into a first place tie for top spot in the South Island Division with the idle Saanich Braves.

Owen Dalman and Tyler Vanuden scored twice for the Cougars (9-4-0-3) while Akila Sato-Gaudreau, Ryan Vorster, and James Scott each added singles.

Victoria, who snapped a two-game losing streak, led 2-1 after one period and 4-1 after two.

Goaltender Anthony Ciurro made 29 saves which included stopping a Cam Kinsman breakaway.

Brandon Tutte and Jake Watson replied for Westshore (6-7-1-1).

Wolves’ netminder Liam Akins was pulled for Jordan Spandli midway through the second period with the score 4-1.  Akins would return to the crease 88 seconds later.

Victoria outshot the Wolves 33-31.

Thursday marked the debut for defensemen Daniyal Nussipakynov and Ryan Vorster.

Acquired yesterday from the North Vancouver Wolf Pack of the PJHL, Nussipakynov registered an assist on Dalman’s first goal of the game.

Vorster, a two-year veteran of the VIJHL, scored his goal on the power play after getting set up by Grayden Hohl and Vanuden at 9:35 of the third period.

Chipping in with three assists was Kaelen Anderson.  Rookie call-up Ricky Takeda had a pair of helpers.

Victoria finished 1-for-6 with the man advantage.  The Wolves, who also scored while playing shorthanded, finished 1-for-7.

After the game, Westshore head coach Jackson Penney had a few choice words with referee Liam Reid.

In Nanaimo, John Hawthorne made 34 saves and Danny Pion had two assists as the hometown Buccaneers blew past the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 4-1 in front of 160 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Next game for Victoria is Thursday, November 3 versus the Peninsula Panthers.  Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.



1st star, Owen Dalman (Goals:  2, Assists:  1)

2nd star, Tyler Vanuden (Goals:  2, Assists:  1)

3rd star, James Scott (Goals:  1, Assists:  1)