The Victoria Cougars shook off their Game 2 blues – big time – Tuesday night as they crushed the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 9-3 at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League finals.
The Capital City Cats scored 275 goals in 48 regular season games and show no signs of slowing down in the playoffs. They have outscored the Yetis 15-6 in the first two games of the finals. Game 3 goes tonight (Thursday) in Esquimalt with Game 4 Saturday, March 30 at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.
The Cougars had dropped Game 2 of their first two playoffs series, but were never in danger of doing so Tuesday. They opened a 3-0 first period lead and were up 8-1 after two. Sam Rice bagged his second straight hat trick and finished with four points to earn first star honours. Second star Robert Zadra chipped in three assists while third star Jordan Davie collected one goal and one assist. Fifteen Victoria players hit the score sheet.
Michael Scobie scored twice for the Icemen while Tyson Rennie netted his fifth goal in his last four games. Jack Kennelly and Andrew White both had two helpers. Victoria outshot Comox Valley 43-27. Michael Hails started in goal for the Glacier Kings and gave up four goals on 19 shots before giving way to Bryce DiRocco early in the second period. Evan Roch, who had a league-best 28 regular season wins, denied the Yetis on several close-in chances. The Cougars went 3-for-7 on the power play and 5-for-7 on the penalty kill.
ICE CHIPS If needed, Game 5 goes March 31 in Esquimalt, Game 6 April 2 in Courtenay and Game 7 April 3 in Esquimalt … both the host Glacier Kings and VIJHL reps Victoria have punched their ticket to the Cyclone Taylor Cup (B.C. Jr. B championship April 11-14) … the Richmond Sockeyes will represent the PJHL after sweeping the Aldergrove Kodiaks … Castlegar Rebels lead the Okanagan Knights 1-0 in the KIJHL finals …