CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Grayden Hohl scored twice and Anthony Ciurro stopped 31 shots on Tuesday as the Victoria Cougars beat the Campbell River Storm 3-1.
Also scoring for Victoria, who evened the best-of-7 VIJHL Championship Series at two games apiece, was Branden Tangney.
The game was scoreless after one period before the Cougars took a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.
Mitchell Williams replied for Campbell River.
Announced attendance at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena was 967.
Hohl, who was recently named VIJHL Player of the Week, opened the scoring at 15:46 of the middle frame on a power play when he took a Shane Kime rebound off the end boards and beat Chris Smith from a tight angle.
26 seconds into the third period, Hohl gave Victoria a 2-0 lead. After taking a pass from Jordan Passmore, Hohl weaved into high slot and ripped a wrist shot over the catching glove of Smith for his seventh goal of the postseason.
Williams, who missed Game 3 because of the flu, used both Zach Erhardt and Kobe Oishi as decoys before ripping the puck past Anthony Ciurro at 4:48 to cut the lead in half.
There would be no scoring until there was 17.5 seconds remaining on the game clock when Tangney scored into an empty net.
Smith made 34 saves in defeat.
The Cougars went 1-for-4 on the power play; meanwhile, Campbell River finished 0-for-3.
Game 4 goes Thursday in Victoria.
Cameron Davitt scored at 12:12 of double overtime to lead the Aldergrove Kodiaks to a 3-2 victory over the Delta Ice Hawks and a four-games-to-two win in the Pacific Junior Hockey League Championship Series.
Aldergrove now advances to the Cyclone Taylor Cup, held April 6-9 in Creston.
In the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship Series, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks downed the Chase Heat 5-4 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 series.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, Grayden Hohl (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Jordan Passmore (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
3rd star, Chris Smith (Saves: 34, Save Percentage: .919)