Cougars claw Bucs to square VIJHL semi-final series at 1

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 15, 2019 - 8:49am

The Buccaneers have home ice advantage heading into game 4 of the VIJHL semi final versus the Victoria Cougars. Game time is 7:30 Saturday, March 9 at the Pirate Ship.NanaimoNewsNOW file photo

ESQUIMALT — A trio of first period Victoria Cougars goals sunk the visiting Nanaimo Buccaneers ship as the VIJHL best-of-7 semi-final is knotted up at one game apiece.

Veteran forwards Trey Watson and Billy Walters recorded early second period tallies 14 second apart to narrow the Cougars lead. However, the Bucs momentum was short-lived as Victoria's Kevan McBean notched a powerplay goal soon after to restore their two goal advantage.

Marshall Brown, Jaden McNulty and Foster Martin also lit the lamp for Victoria.

Special teams turned out to be a significant factor as the Cougars went 3-for-10 on the powerplay, while the Swordsmen faltered going 0-for-8.

Blake Wood made 23-saves in goal for Nanaimo, while Owen Sikkes turned aside 30 shots fired his way.

The Bucs opened the series with a 2-1 win Tuesday night at the Archie Browning Sports Centre.

Game 4 of the expected long and tightly contested series resumes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.


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