Victoria Cougars head into final week of play before Christmas break

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The Victoria Cougars begin a stretch of three games in three nights this Wednesday when they pay the Westshore Wolves a visit.

 

Game time at The Q Centre, located at 1767 Old Island Highway, is 7:00 p.m.

 

Victoria (21-7-0-3) will return home Thursday to face the Kerry Park Islanders before ending on the road Friday against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

 

Following Friday’s tilt, the South Island Division leading Cougars will have 19 days off until their next game.

 

Victoria is coming off a 7-2 win over the Peninsula Panthers last Friday.

 

Tyler Pang scored twice while Jordan Passmore, Akila Sato-Gaudreau, Kenny Britton, Avery Hill, and Grayden Hohl each added singles.  Getting the win in net was Liam McCloskey who turned aside 19 shots.

 

The win extended the Cougars unbeaten streak to three games.

 

Victoria’s last loss, a 5-4 decision, was to Westshore.

 

Instead of playing on two day’s rest, the Cougars go into Wednesday’s game having not played since last Friday.  Because of adverse weather and poor driving conditions, Sunday’s affair against the Campbell River Storm was cancelled.

 

The Wolves (12-13-2-1) have rattled off six straight wins heading into Wednesday’s game.

 

During that span, Westshore has outscored its opposition 26-16.

 

Jackson Penney and his troops extended their unbeaten streak last Friday following a 4-2 win over the Saanich Braves.

 

Leading the way offensively were Cameron Coutre, Joe Gage, Michael Jensen, and Tyler Carpendale.  Goaltender Jordan Spandli made 34 saves in earning his sixth straight win.

 

Victoria’s next game is not until Thursday, January 5, 2017 when it hosts the Panthers for its first game back after the Christmas break.

 

STANDINGS:  Victoria – 1st place, 45 points, South Island Division.  Westshore – 3rd place, 27 points, South Island Division

 

OFFENSE:  Victoria – 2nd place, 4.26 goals for per game.  Westshore – 6th place, 3.25 goals for per game

 

DEFENSE:  Victoria – 2nd place, 2.61 goals against per game.  Westshore – 6th place, 3.64 goals against per game

 

TEAM LEADERS:  Victoria – Grayden Hohl, 21 goals; Grayden Hohl, 21 assists; Grayden Hohl, 42 points; Kenny Britton, 83 penalty minutes.  Westshore – Jordan Guiney, 13 goals; Parker Ellis, 17 assists; Parker Ellis, 24 points; Parker Ellis, 71 penalty minutes

 

GOALTENDERS:  Victoria – Anthony Ciurro (2.52 goals against average, .912 save percentage); Liam McCloskey (4.14 goals against average, .800 save percentage).  Westshore – Jordan Spandli (3.46 goals against average, .891 save percentage); Liam Akins (3.55 goals against average, .870 save percentage)

 

POWER PLAY:  Victoria – 1st place, 36-for-153, 23.53 percent.  Westshore – 5th place, 27-for-142, 19.01 percent

 

PENALTY KILL:  Victoria – 1st place, 134-for-153, 87.58 percent.  Westshore – 3rd place, 122-for-143, 85.31 percent

 

SEASON SERIES:  Victoria leads series, 3-2-0-0

 

PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:

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 1, 2016.  Westshore Wolves 5 @ Victoria Cougars 4

January 25, 2017.  Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

February 9, 2017.  Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

 

HOME/AWAY RECORDS:  Victoria – Away, 9-3-0-2.  Westshore – Home, 5-7-2-0

 

STREAKS:  Victoria, 3-0-0-0.  Westshore, 6-0-0-0

 

LAST TEN:  Victoria, 8-2-0-0.  Westshore, 6-3-1-0

 

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