Cougars Take Game 5

The VIJHL Championship series has become as Storm Head Coach, Lee Stone, predicted at the onset, predicated on momentum.

The Victoria Cougars and the Campbell River Storm are evenly matched teams that had seen 10 of their last 11 playoff games decided by one goal. The play has been fast, hard-hitting and exciting.

On Sunday afternoon, that trend changed when the Cougars pounced on the Storm 5-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. According to Storm Head Coach, Lee Stone, “There no question when you give up a breakaway 21 seconds into the game to a guy (Looysen) that’s got a hundred points this season it’s probably not how you want to start.”

Former Campbell River Minor Hockey product, John Kretzschmar scored a pair for the Cougars while fellow Tyee Dom Kolbeins, Ryan Carson and Nathan Looysen chipped in singles. Gage Colpron notched the lone Campbell River marker in the third period.

Anthony Ciurro has been exceptional since being pulled early in Game 3 on Thursday. In Games 4 and 5, both Victoria wins, he stopped 75 of 78 shots.

The Storm and the Cougars report back to Rod Brind’Amour Arena on Tuesday for Game 6.

Both teams are guaranteed a spot in the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Victoria starting April 7. They will be joined by the Mission City Outlaws of the Pacific league (PJHL) and the winner of the Kimberley Dynamiters and 100 Mile House Wrangler series in the KIJHL.

Submitted by Mark Berry

Sunday, March 27, 2016