MILL BAY, B.C. – It has been over five years since the Kerry Park Islanders have beaten the Victoria Cougars.
That all changed on Saturday.
In front of a jammed packed Kerry Park Recreation Centre, the lengthy winless streak finally came to an end with a 3-2 victory.
The South Island Division Final is now deadlocked at one game apiece.
Game 3 goes Sunday in Victoria.
Trailing 2-1 after 40 minutes, the Islanders completed the comeback with a pair of unanswered goals.
Kerry Park opened the scoring when Will Connors dished a centering pass out to Tanner Tiel who buried the puck behind Anthony Ciurro at 7:42 of the first period.
But with 65 seconds remaining in the period, Dom Kolbeins banged home an Avery Hill rebound past Rett Rook.
It was the third game in as many nights for Hill who suited up for the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers only 24 hours earlier.
Despite both teams combining for 24 shots in the second period, only one goal was produced. Pinching in from the point, Pang buried his third goal of the playoffs at 4:01 on the power play.
Connor Bissett put the Islanders on even terms with a third period goal at 7:36. And then at 15:39, Tiel took a feed from Connors during an odd man rush and ripped a snap shot over the catching glove of Ciurro.
Kerry Park’s last victory over the Cougars was back on March 8, 2012.
Ciurro was pulled for an extra attacker but unlike in Game 1, this time the move proved futile.
Each team had four power play opportunities.
Ciurro made 39 saves; meanwhile, Rook turned aside 35 shots.
Next game for Victoria is Sunday, March 12 versus the Kerry Park Islanders. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:30 p.m.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, Tanner Tiel (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Will Connors (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
3rd star, Rett Rook (Saves: 35, Save Percentage: .946)