Captain Mark McLellan knocks down a shot against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Bear Mountain Arena on Saturday. The Backs won 4-2 over the Grizzlies.

Cougars roar to eight straight wins, junior hockey updates

The Victoria Cougars have reloaded and are once again leading the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

The Victoria Cougars have reloaded and are once again leading the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

The Cougars seek a ninth straight win to start the season as it hosts the struggling Oceanside Generals (1-7-1-1) on Thursday, 7 p.m. at Archie Browning Sports Centre.

Ryan Carson scored both goals as the Cougars won 2-0 on Friday over the Campbell River Storm. Goalie Connor Beauchamp made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season.

Thursday marks the return of Generals’ player Kade Pilton, a former Victoria Royals and Victoria Grizzlies defenceman.

Wolves host Islanders Wednesday at Bear Mountain Arena

The Westshore Wolves look to make it four straight VIJHL games without losing in regulation when the Kerry Park Islanders visit tonight (Oct. 2), 7 p.m. at Bear Mountain Arena.

The Wolves (4-4-1) fell 3-2 in overtime on Friday to the Saanich Braves (4-4-0-0). Braves forward Nick Guerra scored the winner, unassisted, his second goal of the game.

The Braves are home to the Kerry Park Islanders Friday night, 6:30 p.m. at Pearkes.

Royals in Prince George, Kamloops ahead of Sunday matinee

The shake-up was minimal after the Victoria Royals dropped back-to-back lopsided losses to the Spokane Chiefs last week, 6-2 and 6-1.

The Royals entered Tuesday’s (Oct. 1) game against the Prince George Cougars with a record of two wins and three losses.

Defenceman Kolton Dixon, 18, was traded to his hometown Red Deer Rebels on Thursday for a conditional pick. His spot was filled a few hours later with 17-year-old defenceman Jake Kohlhauser from the Vancouver Giants.

Keegan Kanzig returned from NHL preseason with the Calgary Flames and debuted in Kelowna on Saturday and was plus-two. The Royals scored all three goals in the shootout to beat the Rockets 4-3.

The Royals are in Prince George tonight (Oct. 2) and in Kamloops on Friday, before returning home for a matinee against the Tri-City Americans on Sunday, 1 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Grizzlies hit the road after split in home debut

The Victoria Grizzlies made its long-awaited 2013 B.C. Hockey League home debut with a 2-2 tie against the Alberni Bulldogs at Bear Mountain Arena on Friday and 4-2 loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Saturday. Grizzlies Jay Mackie and Mitch Meek scored to erase a 2-0 deficit on Friday and Jacob Kearley and Gerry Fitzgerald scored in Saturday’s loss for the Grizzlies.

Friday the Grizz visit the Merritt Centennials and Saturday the Prince George Spruce Kings.

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