The Victoria Cougars (24-8-0-4) host the Oceanside Generals (9-22-1-1) tomorrow.
Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.
This is the third meeting of the season between these two non-divisional rivals. Victoria has won both games by scores of 4-1 and 5-2.
Tomorrow marks the final home game for three weeks as the Township of Esquimalt will play host to the 2017 Canadian Junior Curling Championships at the A.B.S.C. from Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, January 29.
After tomorrow, the Cougars will embark on a four-game road trip which is set to begin on Tuesday, January 17 in Kerry Park against the Islanders. Subsequent stops include Thursday in Nanaimo, Saturday in Oceanside, and next Wednesday in Westshore.
Victoria does not play at home until Thursday, February 2.
Suneil Karod and his troops are coming off a disappointing 3-2 overtime loss to the Saanich Braves last Friday.
Victoria took the lead on a goal by Akila Sato-Gaudreau with just over seven minutes to play in regulation when his shot from the half wall whizzed by Bryce Schiebel who was out of position on the play.
But at 18:56 and with Schiebel on the bench for an extra attacker, Kelowna Rockets prospect Ted Brennan one-timed a centering pass from Nick Guerra over the outstretched reach of Liam McCloskey for the game tying goal.
Dale McCabe then scored on the power play in overtime to pull Saanich to within three points of the Cougars who still lead the South Island Division by the slimmest of slim.
The Braves failed to gain any ground yesterday, dropping a 3-2 decision to Kerry Park.
No one is hotter than Sato-Gaudreau right now who has four goals and two assists during a four-game point streak.
After garnering seven out of a possible eight points to close out 2016, Oceanside has begun the New Year with two straight losses.
Despite the hiccups, one of the reasons for the Generals latest success has been the play of 18-year-old goaltender Tanner Douglas.
Between December 11-19, Douglas posted a 3-0-1-0 record, a 2.16 goals against average, and a .937 save percentage. One of those wins came at the expense of the North Island Division leading Campbell River Storm.
Douglas was part of the Notre Dame Hounds team that won the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League Championships last year.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL tomorrow, the Storm travels to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
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STANDINGS: Victoria – 1st place, 52 points, South Island Division. Oceanside – 4th place, 20 points, North Island Division
OFFENSE: Victoria – 2nd place, 4.11 goals for per game. Oceanside – 7th place, 3.06 goals for per game
DEFENSE: Victoria – 2nd place, 2.61 goals against per game. Oceanside – 8th place, 4.55 goals against per game
TEAM LEADERS: Victoria – Grayden Hohl, 22 goals; Grayden Hohl, 23 assists; Grayden Hohl, 45 points; Owen Dalman, 109 penalty minutes. Oceanside – Brandon Roberge, 17 goals; Brandon Roberge, 14 assists; Brandon Roberge, 31 points; Ryan Rae-Arthur, 105 penalty minutes
GOALTENDERS: Victoria – Anthony Ciurro (2.44 goals against average, .915 save percentage); Liam McCloskey (3.46 goals against average, .869 save percentage). Oceanside – Tanner Douglas (3.15 goals against average, .915 save percentage); Wesley Jon Ellingsen (5.10 goals against average, .864 save percentage)
POWER PLAY: Victoria – 1st place, 40-for-180, 22.22 percent. Oceanside – 7th place, 26-for-160, 16.25 percent
PENALTY KILL: Victoria – 1st place, 161-for-182, 88.46 percent. Oceanside – 9th place, 108-for-143, 75.52 percent
SEASON SERIES: Victoria leads series, 2-0-0-0
PAST RESULTS/FUTURE MEETINGS:
October 15, 2016. Victoria Cougars 4 @ Oceanside Generals 1
November 17, 2016. Oceanside Generals 2 @ Victoria Cougars 5
January 21, 2017. Victoria Cougars @ Oceanside Generals
HOME/AWAY RECORDS: Victoria – Home, 14-4-0-1. Oceanside – Away, 4-9-1-1
STREAKS: Victoria, 0-0-0-1. Oceanside, 0-2-0-0
LAST TEN: Victoria, 6-3-0-1. Oceanside, 3-6-1-0