The Victoria Cougars begin a three-game homestand against the Westshore Wolves this Thursday.


Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.


Fans wearing Cougars apparel to the game on Thursday will get in for only five dollars.  That is a savings of over 44% off the regular adult ticket price.


Victoria (18-6-0-3) continues its three-game homestand against the Kerry Park Islanders on Sunday afternoon before concluding with the Peninsula Panthers the following Thursday.


Start time for the Kerry Park game has been moved up to 1:30 p.m. due to the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights Parade happening later that day.


Forward Brandon Tangney will be facing his former team for the first time since being traded to the Cougars that brought defenseman Mitch Popp and goaltender Gregory Maggio to Westshore just over a week ago.


Victoria returns home after having its five-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, losing 5-1 to the Nanaimo Buccaneers.


Owen Dalman scored the lone goal for the Cougars who got outshot 33-29.


Thursday marks the fifth of eight regular season meetings between the Wolves and Victoria.

After dropping the first meeting, the Cougars have rattled off three straight victories which included a 5-3 win two weeks ago.


Westshore (7-13-2-1), meanwhile, will play its first of two games in as many nights on Wednesday when it hosts the Saanich Braves at The Q Centre.


Results were not available at press time.


Elsewhere in the VIJHL on Thursday, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings travel to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

STANDINGS:  Victoria – 1st place, 39 points, South Island Division.  Westshore – 4th place, 17 points, South Island Division


OFFENSE:  Victoria – 3rd place, 4.00 goals for per game.  Westshore – 7th place, 3.04 goals for per game


DEFENSE:  Victoria – 2nd place, 2.56 goals against per game.  Westshore – 7th place, 3.87 goals against per game


TEAM LEADERS:  Victoria – Grayden Hohl, Tyler Vanuden, 16 goals; Nick Gomerich, 19 assists; Grayden Hohl, 32 points; Kenny Britton, 81 penalty minutes.  Westshore – Jordan Guiney, Brandon Tutte, 9 goals; Parker Ellis, 12 assists; Parker Ellis, 17 points; Parker Ellis, 69 penalty minutes


GOALTENDERS:  Victoria – Justin Anderson (2.20 goals against average, .913 save percentage); Anthony Ciurro (2.67 goals against average, .912 save percentage).  Westshore – Liam Akins (3.40 goals against average, .876 save percentage); Jordan Spandli (3.75 goals against average, .882 save percentage)


POWER PLAY:  Victoria – 1st place, 28-for-127, 22.05 percent.  Westshore – 5th place, 22-for-116, 18.97 percent


PENALTY KILL:  Victoria – 1st place, 110-for-127, 86.61 percent.  Westshore – 3rd place, 103-for-122, 84.43 percent


SEASON SERIES:  Victoria leads series, 3-1-0-0



October 5, 2016.  Victoria Cougars 3 @ Westshore Wolves 4

October 27, 2016.  Westshore Wolves 2 @ Victoria Cougars 7

November 6, 2016.  Westshore Wolves 1 @ Victoria Cougars 4

November 16, 2016.  Victoria Cougars 5 @ Westshore Wolves 3

December 14, 2016.  Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

January 25, 2017.  Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

February 9, 2017.  Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars


HOME/AWAY RECORDS:  Victoria – Home, 10-3-0-1.  Westshore – Away, 4-6-0-1


STREAKS:  Victoria, 0-1-0-0.  Westshore, 1-0-0-0


LAST TEN:  Victoria, 8-2-0-0.  Westshore, 1-7-2-0