Cougars to take on Saanich rivals

The Victoria Cougars return home for a pivotal matchup with the Saanich Braves Thursday.

The Victoria Cougars return home for a pivotal matchup with the Saanich Braves Thursday.

Top spot in the South Island Division is on the line and each game from hereon in is of the utmost importance.

Victoria (28-8-0-5) continues to lead the South Island Division, holding a four point lead on the second place Braves.

Thursday marks the seventh of eight meetings between these two divisional rivals. Saanich has won the last four head-to-head matches but not before the Cougars took the first two games by scores of 4-1 and 2-1 back in September. Two of the Braves’ wins have come in overtime.

The red-hot Cougars finished the month of January without a regulation loss. Head coach Suneil Karod and his troops went 5-0-0-2 during that span.

Victoria is coming off a successful four-game road trip which saw wins over the Kerry Park Islanders, Oceanside Generals, and Westshore Wolves.  The only blemish was a 3-2 overtime loss to the Nanaimo Buccaneers.

Now that the Canadian Junior Curling Championships are over, the Cougars can return home to play four of their last seven games there.

Saanich (27-12-1-2) comes into the game on a modest two-game winning streak. Prior to, the Braves had dropped three of their last five games which included a 3-2 loss to the North Island Division cellar dwelling Generals.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Rd., is 7 p.m. this Thursday.

Fans wearing Cougars apparel will be let in for $5. For more information visit victoriacougars.com.