ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The losses are beginning to mount for the Victoria Cougars.
Brandon Wilson had a goal and an assist, Chase Anderson stopped 34 shots, and the Kerry Park Islanders held on for a 3-2 win over the Victoria Cougars on Thursday night.
Since that epic double overtime game against the Campbell River Storm less than two weeks ago, Victoria is now winless in its last three.
Not only have the Cougars been outscored 9-4 during that span, their power play has gone a woeful 0-for-16 which included going 0-for-6 against Kerry Park.
The loss keeps Victoria three points behind the South Island Division leading Saanich Braves. Not surprisingly, the Islanders moved into a tie with the Cougars for second place.
Wilson, Tanner Tiel, and Joe Leakey gave Kerry Park a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes before a pair of third period goals from Sean Patten made things interesting.
On their first power play of the night, Wilson tapped a Ty Smith rebound past Nate Reinhart at 3:42 of the first period. Watching the proceedings from the sin bin was Liam Kinshella who had all but nine seconds left in his roughing penalty.
Tiel doubled the lead with only 23.9 seconds remaining in the period after he banged in his own rebound off a shorthanded breakaway.
Victoria (21-19-2-1) made a goalie change with Patrick Ostermann replacing Reinhart at the start of the second period. Reinhart made nine saves before being shown the hook.
There would be no scoring until the 13:58 mark when Leakey had his shot bounce off Ostermann and in.
Patten got the Cougars on the board when his shot squeezed underneath Anderson at 6:18 of the third period.
Then at 17:41 and with Ostermann pulled for an extra attacker, Patten scored his fifth goal of the season. Cruising in from the point, Patten took a swipe at a loose puck that beat Anderson short side.
Keenan Eddy blocked a last second shot from Alexander Benger to preserve the victory for Kerry Park (20-19-0-5).
After getting the start in net against the Westshore Wolves last night, Ostermann stopped 16 shots in relief which included making two highlight reel saves.
Kinshella, a heat-seeking missile, caused a ruckus at the four minute mark of the second period when he checked Eddy to the head. That sparked Smith to go after Kinshella and the two players fought at the Islanders blue line.
Both players were ejected from the game.
The Cougars lousy start cost them two points in the standings. Play only 40 minutes and expect to win? Not in this league.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Seamus O’Toole scored at 2:14 of overtime to lift the Nanaimo Buccaneers over the Oceanside Generals 2-1 in front of 260 fans at Nanaimo Ice Centre.