The Victoria Cougars will begin a three-game home stand this Thursday as they take on the Peninsula Panthers to kick off Week 2 of the VIJHL schedule.


Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.


The three-game home stand will also include playing the Kerry Park Islanders on Sunday and the Westshore Wolves the following Thursday.


It was a perfect start to the season this past weekend for Victoria as it swept a home-and-home series with the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.


On Thursday, the Cougars won 5-0 before eking out a 4-3 road win 48 hours later.


2000-born Darwin Lakoduk led the way offensively with three goals and two assists.  Getting the start in both games was goaltender Patrick Ostermann who surrendered only three goals on 62 shots last week.


The youthful Panthers looked good in a 2-1 win over the Saanich Braves in their season opener last Friday.  But giving up nine goals less than 24 hours later in a 9-3 loss to Kerry Park explains their record.


Peninsula is led by 2001-born Riley Braun and a pair of exciting 2000-born players in Josh Lingard and Tanner Wort.


Having won only nine games last season, it would be no surprise to see the Panthers double that total.


Peninsula is in the midst of a seven-game road trip.  With major renovations well underway to Arena B at the Panorama Recreation Centre, the Panthers home opener will come October 6 against Westshore.


Elsewhere in the VIJHL on Thursday, the Campbell River Storm travels to Nanaimo to take on the Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.


STANDINGS:  Victoria – 1st place, 4 points, South Island Division.  Peninsula – T2nd place, 2 points, South Island Division


OFFENSE:  Victoria – 3rd place, 4.50 goals for per game.  Peninsula – T4th place, 2.50 goals for per game


DEFENSE:  Victoria – 1st place, 1.50 goals against per game.  Peninsula – 9th place, 5.00 goals against per game


TEAM LEADERS:  Victoria – Darwin Lakoduk, 3 goals; Darwin Lakoduk, Kyle Wade, Carl Ewert, Zefan Pighin, 2 assists; Darwin Lakoduk, 5 points; Carl Ewert, 18 penalty minutes.  Peninsula – Tanner Wort, 2 goals; Riley Braun, Skyler Diamond-Burchuck, 3 assists; Riley Braun, Skyler Diamond-Burchuck, 3 points; Riley Braun, Jack McMillan, Braeden Hansen, Bryson Hines, 4 penalty minutes


GOALTENDERS:  Victoria – Patrick Ostermann (1.50 goals against average, .952 save percentage); Connor McKillop (no appearances).  Peninsula – Ross Manson (3.62 goals against average, .944 save percentage); Chris Akerman (5.24 goals against average, .882 save percentage)


POWER PLAY:  Victoria – 6th place, 2-for-15, 13.33 percent.  Peninsula – 2nd place, 2-for-6, 33.33 percent


PENALTY KILL:  Victoria – 1st place, 15-for-15, 100.00 percent.  Peninsula – 9th place, 5-for-8, 62.50 percent


SEASON SERIES:  Series tied, 0-0-0-0



October 9, 2017.  Victoria Cougars @ Peninsula Panthers

October 19, 2017.  Peninsula Panthers @ Victoria Cougars

November 28, 2017.  Victoria Cougars @ Peninsula Panthers

January 5, 2018.  Victoria Cougars @ Peninsula Panthers

January 11, 2018.  Peninsula Panthers @ Victoria Cougars

January 25, 2018.  Peninsula Panthers @ Victoria Cougars

February 12, 2018.  Victoria Cougars @ Peninsula Panthers


HOME/AWAY RECORDS:  Victoria – Home, 1-0-0-0.  Peninsula – Away, 1-1-0-0


STREAKS:  Victoria, 2-0-0-0.  Peninsula, 0-1-0-0


LAST TEN:  Victoria, 2-0-0-0.  Peninsula, 1-1-0-0