An early week contest against the division-leading Victoria Cougars Tuesday evening didn’t provide the result the Kerry Park Islanders had hoped for, with the Mill Bay-based junior B team coming out on the losing end of a 4-1 score.
It was a powerplay goal from Kerry Park forward Carson Brown from Eric Stinson and Lukas Tokic that opened the game’s scoring just 48 seconds into the second period but that was all the Isles could muster on the night.
Kerry Park’s Tanner Johnson took the loss in net.
Prior to the loss, it was two wins in a row for the Islanders.
Back on Nov. 5 the Isles edged out the Campbell River Storm 3-2 at home thanks to goals from Ethan Taylor, Brown, and the game winner in overtime from Mason Croucher.
Kerry Park’s schedule had them waiting an entire week before they saw game action again, which could be a blessing or a curse. For the Islanders, it appears to have been a blessing, giving the young squad the rest they needed to pull out a second overtime win — this time a 5-4 road victory over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings, on Nov. 12.
Neither team scored in the first but Jack Strom got the Isles on the board just 1:07 into the second period.
After Comox countered with a goal of their own, Taylor and Brown scored 34 seconds apart to pull Kerry Park ahead 3-1 heading into the third frame.
The third period belonged to Comox, however, with the Glacier Kings potting three goals to take a 4-3 lead into the final minutes of the game.
Kerry Park didn’t roll over, though, and Brown earned his second of the game at 18:06 to push the game to overtime.
In the extra period, Brown scored his hattrick goal 2:12 in to give the Isles their second-straight overtime victory.
Kellan Bates earned an assist on the winner, his second helper in the game. Other assists went to Colby Robinson, Jacob Wingfield, Carson Strom, Tokic, and Jack Strom.
Goaltender Eric Young earned his second OT victory in a row in net for the Islanders, saving 58 of 60 shots against Campbell River and 46 of 50 shots against Comox.
With a record of 6-17, Kerry Park now sits fifth in the South Division.