PARKSVILLE, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars snapped their two-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win against the Oceanside Generals.
Scoring for Victoria was Darwin Lakoduk, Mateo Albinati, and Akila Sato-Gaudreau. Picking up his fifth win of the season was Patrick Ostermann who turned aside 25 shots.
“I felt today was a full team effort,” Cougars head coach Suneil Karod said. “We worked hard and with a purpose. Everyone chipped in and we almost played a solid full 60.”
Lakoduk opened the scoring at 19:38 of the first period. After Jacob Sweet made the initial save off a Tyler Vanuden slap shot, Lakoduk put home the rebound for his first goal in eight games.
The goal came with two Generals players in the penalty box.
Victoria (6-5-0-0) doubled its lead when Albinati redirected in a Michael Fradette point shot at 4:47 of the second period.
Noah Goyer then sprung Ethan Trampuh with a breakaway pass at 12:30 in which the latter beat Ostermann five-hole to cut into the Cougars advantage.
Victoria regained its two-goal lead when Vanuden, with his third helper of the afternoon, set up Sato-Gaudreau with 64 seconds remaining in the period. Albinati was credited with the second assist.
Fresh off their win over the Westshore Wolves the night prior, Oceanside (5-7-1-1) was unable to make it two straight wins despite receiving a pair of power play opportunities late in the game.
Sweet, who was named the game’s second star, made 44 saves in the loss.
The penalty kill was the difference maker for Victoria, keeping the Generals off the board in nine power play chances. Five of those power play opportunities came during the first period alone.
Cougars captain Liam Kinshella and Oceanside defenseman Ryan Rae-Arthur were involved in a second period fight. Both players were assessed automatic game misconducts.
Next game for Victoria is Wednesday, October 25 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, Darwin Lakoduk (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Jacob Sweet (Saves: 44, Save Percentage: .936)
3rd star, Ethan Trampuh (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)