ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Jalen Price’s power play goal at 8:32 of the third period helped propel the Campbell River Storm to a 3-3 tie with the Victoria Cougars on Sunday afternoon.
It was Campbell River’s league leading fourth tie of the season.
The Cougars jumped out to a 3-2 first period lead on goals from Landon Kitchen, Oliver Hahn, and Akila Sato-Gaudreau.
Ryan Butler and Brett Kinley replied for the Storm.
Getting the start in net for Victoria was Patrick Ostermann who made 41 saves and was sensational in overtime as Campbell River outshot the Cougars 8-4.
After suffering a tough loss to the Oceanside Generals on Friday, it was a good bounce back game for Victoria.
The tie moves the Cougars one point ahead of the idle Saanich Braves for top spot in the South Island Division. The Braves do have one game in hand, however.
Foster Martin, who extended his point streak to three games, found Kitchen pinching in from the point for Victoria’s first goal at 2:29.
The Cougars made it 2-0 at 4:28 when Hahn redirected a Jaden McNulty point shot past Liam Murphy.
Then a fluky goal from Campbell River at 9:39 cut the lead in half. From the outer hash marks of the right faceoff circle, Butler fired a shot that was going wide but it was redirected in by Ostermann for an own goal.
Victoria regained its two-goal lead when Sato-Gaudreau batted a Shane Kime rebound into the wide open cage at 10:02.
Immediately following the goal, Murphy was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots. Nic Tallarico replaced Murphy and stopped all 19 shots in relief.
Again, the resilient Storm pulled to within a goal. At 14:34, Kinley wired a wrist shot from the high slot over the right shoulder of Ostermann.
There would be no scoring until the 8:32 mark of the third period when Price, a Medicine Hat Tigers prospect, tied the game.
With Kitchen in the penalty box for hooking Cody Savey in the defensive zone 51 seconds earlier, Price pounced on a loose puck at the top of the blue paint and lifted it over Ostermann for his 14th goal of the season.
The Cougars had a glorious opportunity late in the period when Kinley was sent off the ice for goaltender interference but they could not capitalize.
In overtime, Ostermann made highlight reel saves off Jake McKenzie, Dawson Frank, and Kinley.
Frank was stymied two times; once when he skated out of the corner untouched and the other time on a clear cut breakaway.
Victoria went 0-for-4 with the man advantage. The Storm finished 1-for-5.
Butler had a goal and an assist for Campbell River who pulled to within two points of the North Island Division leading Nanaimo Buccaneers.
In Mill Bay, Keenan Eddy scored on the power play at 1:06 of overtime to lift the Kerry Park Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Oceanside Generals in front of 69 fans at Kerry Park Recreation Centre.