Victoria Cougars #21 Brett Lervold tries to get the puck on goalie #35 Leighton Williams while being checked by Kerry Park Islander #5 Chris Carpentier during first period action in game 3 of first round VIJHL hockey action at the Archie Browning Sports Centre. Victoria won 9-0 to take a 3-0 lead on the series.

Victoria Cougars #21 Brett Lervold tries to get the puck on goalie #35 Leighton Williams while being checked by Kerry Park Islander #5 Chris Carpentier during first period action in game 3 of first round VIJHL hockey action at the Archie Browning Sports Centre. Victoria won 9-0 to take a 3-0 lead on the series.

Cougars Cruisin’ through playoffs

The Victoria Cougars dominate the Kerry Park Islanders in the first round of Vancouver Island junior Hockey League playoffs

The Victoria Cougars scored five power play goals en route to a 9-0 rout of the Kerry Park Islanders in one of two Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoff games played on Sunday.

Prior to the game, Brian Harrison, Hockey BC Junior B Director and Myles Parsons, President of the VIJHL were on hand to present Victoria with a total of seven awards.

Sam McMullen won the Doug Morton Trophy (Regular Season Scoring Leader), the Brian Harrison Trophy (Top Forward), and the Jamie Benn Trophy (Most Valuable Player).

Meanwhile, Michael Fretz came away with the Saunders Subaru Community Service Award and the Jamie Robertson Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike).  Anthony Ciurro won the Bruce Naylor Trophy (Top Goaltender) while Mark Van Helvoirt and his coaching staff took home the Eddie “The Storm” Kingston Award (Coach of the Year).

Michael Fretz, who was named the game’s first star, scored twice and added an assist.

Nick Lyons, Sam McMullen, Devin Mackey, Marino Somerville, Brett Lervold, Ryan Buse, and PJ Heger also scored for the Cougars.

In net for Victoria was Grant Payne who turned aside all 17 shots directed his way.

It was at 2:34 of the first period when the Cougars opened the scoring.  Pinching in from the point, Lyons took a centering pass from Lane Van de Wetering and quickly fired the puck past Leighton Williams for his first goal of the playoffs.

McMullen gave Victoria a 2-0 lead with a power play redirect over the shoulder of Williams at 17:32.

Four seconds after Cody Short stepped out of the penalty box, Mackey scored his second goal in as many games at 1:04 of the second period.  Then at 5:38, Somerville banged home a Ryan Vorster rebound from the side of the net to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.

After the goal, Williams was replaced by Ty Rennie.

Power play goals 64 seconds apart from Lervold and Buse generated more excitement from the crowd at the Archie Browning Sports Centre.

A power play goal from Fretz at 16:42 would make the score 8-0.

Again it would be Fretz who would add another power play goal for good measure at 4:04 of the third period.

The Cougars went 5-for-10 on the power play; meanwhile, Kerry Park finished 0-for-3

The win gave Victoria a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. The two teams meet in Mill Bay Tuesday night. A win will mean a sweep of the series for the Cougars.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Willow, a kitten belonging to a Victoria family, was rescued by firefighters on Thursday after she got stuck in a basement drain pipe. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
Victoria kitten stuck in basement drain pipe rescued by firefighters

Willow the cat on the mend, owner feeling ‘enormous gratitude’

(Black Press Media file photo)
Blue-green algae bloom confirmed in Elk Lake, water-based activities not recommended

Blue-green algae can be lethal to dogs, cause health issues for humans

Victoria police arrested a man Jan. 15 after he rammed his minivan into an occupied police vehicle. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria man arrested for ramming minivan into occupied police vehicle

Man caught after fleeing, crashing into cement retaining wall

Mayor Rob Martin and Costa Canna president Phil Floucault cut the ribbon on Colwood’s first cannabis retail store. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Cowichan Tribes’ Costa Canna cannabis store opens in Colwood

Cowichan Tribes has one-year deal to grow, sell cannabis

Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)
Victoria adult dance studio releases modern adaption of A Christmas Carol

Instead of usual stage performance, dance studio turns to film

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virtually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Black Press media file
Port McNeill driver tells police he thought the pandemic meant no breathalyzers

Suspect facing criminal charges after breathalyzer readings in excess of 3.5 times the legal limit

Most Read