ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Owen Dalman scored at 8:22 of double overtime to give the Victoria Cougars a 3-2 victory over the Westshore Wolves in Game 3 of their South Island Division First Round series on Sunday.
With the win, the Cougars take a 2-1 series lead.
Game 4 goes Wednesday night in Westshore.
Able to keep the puck onside, Avery Hill made a pass off the side wall to Dalman who in turn chipped it over to Akila Sato-Gaudreau. From the side of the net, Sato-Gaudreau backhanded the puck out to Dalman who waited for Jordan Spandli to commit before lifting it over the hapless goaltender.
After the goal, Dalman was mobbed by his teammates.
Anthony Ciurro was once again brilliant in net for Victoria. After making 20 saves through the first two periods, Ciurro stopped all 14 shots in the third and three more in each of the two overtime periods to reach a season high for saves in a single game.
The score was 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two.
Already playing without the likes of Nick Gomerich, Tyler Pang, and Kyle Wade, all of whom are injured, the already shorthanded Cougars found themselves down to rolling only three lines when Liam Kinshella was assessed an automatic game misconduct for checking Nicholas Polomark from behind early in the contest.
Victoria never trailed on Sunday, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal from Jordan Passmore.
With Jordan Guiney in the penalty box for interference, Passmore redirected an Avery Hill point shot past Spandli at 4:27. Hill would finish the game with three assists.
Making amends for his earlier mistake, Guiney tied the game at 10:19 after ringing the puck off the cross bar and in from a sharp angle.
Watching the proceedings from the sin bin was Tyler Vanuden who had just over a minute remaining in his interference penalty.
James Scott was injured on the play and had to be helped off the ice, leaving the Cougars down to only four defensemen.
Again, Guiney found himself in the penalty box after slashing Dom Kolbeins 12 seconds into the second period.
And with only four ticks remaining in the man advantage, Grayden Hohl one-timed a centering feed from Vanuden at 2:08 for his team leading third goal of the playoffs.
Cam Coutre tied the game at 9:41.
From that point on, Victoria and the Wolves exchanged high quality scoring chances.
The best save of the third period belonged to Ciurro who slid post to post to rob Cory Hatcher of a sure goal with just over two minutes to go in regulation.
Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Spandli turned in a sensational 39-save performance.
Jackson Penny and his troops came up with a huge penalty kill in the first overtime period.
The Cougars finished 2-for-9 on the power play; meanwhile, Westshore went 1-for-8.
Nick Guiney, who plays for the Victoria Grizzlies and is the older brother of Jordan, won two hundred and fifty dollars during the La Belle Patate half-ice, shoot-to-win intermission contest.
Next game for Victoria is Wednesday, March 1 versus the Westshore Wolves. Game time at The Q Centre, located at 1767 Old Island Highway, is 7:00 p.m.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, Owen Dalman (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Carl Ewert (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Anthony Ciurro (Saves: 40, Save Percentage: .952)