Cougars nearing perfect quarter

GAME DAY: Victoria Cougars look to win 10th Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game Thursday night versus Kerry Park Islanders, 7:15 p.m. at Archie Browning Sports Centre

Steve Axford of the Victoria Cougars (9-0) has eight goals and seven assists in the 2011-12 season.

Steve Axford of the Victoria Cougars (9-0) has eight goals and seven assists in the 2011-12 season.

If the Victoria Cougars were a corporation, the champagne would be on ice.

The junior-B Cougars are perfect through the first nine games of the season. With two more wins, the Cougars will have earned every possible point from the first quarter of the 42-game Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season.

Tomorrow (Oct. 13) the league’s first-place Cougars host the Kerry Park Islanders (6-3), 7:15 p.m. at Archie Browning Sports Centre. Then on Friday night the Cougars visit the Saanich Braves, 6:30 p.m. at Pearkes arena.

The Cougars defeated the Islanders at home last Thursday 5-2. It was a close score despite the Cougars outshooting Kerry Park 19-6 in the first period, 13-6 in the second, and 15-5 in the third, for a total of 47-17. Brody Coulter, Ryan Hogland and Kyle Richter scored in the first two periods for the Cougars. It was 3-2 for the Cougars for most of the third until the final minute when Coulter scored his second of the game. The final goal was scored by Nathan Chen-Mack.

Meanwhile, over in Saanich, the Braves hope to salvage a tough start. The Braves (2-7) won their second game of the season 4-1 over the Campbell River Storm on Oct. 5 at Pearkes. Ty Jones Sheldon Trees, Mitchell Smith and Brandon Parmar scored for Saanich.