Back-to-back wins for Cowichan’s Isles

Back-to-back all-out efforts resulted in back-to-back victories for the Kerry Park Islanders last weekend as the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team defeated the Westshore Wolves 5-2 on Saturday evening and the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 9-4 on Sunday afternoon.

"We played really well all the way through both games, and our effort got us wins," Kerry Park captain David Bittner said. "Against Westshore, we played a full 60. Part of the second period against Comox, we eased up a bit, but we found a way to get back in it and finished strong."

After a scoreless first period against Westshore, Braeden Cross got the Isles on the board with a shorthanded goal less than a minute into the second. The Wolves answered back, then took the lead, but Tanner Browne’s goal with two seconds to spare evened it up heading into the third. The third period was all Kerry Park as Ryan Paisley scored just eight seconds in, Patrick Poets added to the lead two minutes later, and Kyle Green wrapped up the scoring.

Cross finished the night with a goal and two assists, and Bittner and Lynden Eddy each had two helpers. Leighton Williams earned the win with 36 saves and picked up an assist on Cross’s goal.

The nine goals scored on Sunday matched the team’s seasonhigh, set on Sept. 6, also in a win over Comox. The Isles took a 4-1 lead in the first period on goals by Paisley, Matt Osmond, Lynden Eddy and Cross, and never looked back. Cross completed the hat trick with two in the second as his team went up 6-2, and Nick Kean, Green and Keenan Eddy added goals in the third.

Cross ended up with five points on the night, while Lynden Eddy had four, and Kean had three. Green added an assist to his goal, and Browne, Nick White and Adam Page each collected two helpers. Williams was back in goal and stopped 37 of 41 shots.

Bittner is hopeful that the team can build some momentum from last weekend.

"Lately we’ve been playing well, but until these last two games, the luck wasn’t going our way," he said. "We were able to get two wins, and everyone on the team bought in. It’s the start of something new. It’s better to get your stride toward the end of the season before playoffs than peak early and fade away."

The Isles have two home games this weekend, playing host to the Peninsula Panthers at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and the Saanich Braves at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

"We’re expecting to win these games," Bittner said. "We want to get a bigger gap between us and Saanich and we’d like to get closer to Westshore. We need solid efforts all the way through. It’s the same game plan."

Just Posted

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley MLA Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

BC Green Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

The city-owned lot at 361 St. Julien St., which has been home to a temporary homeless site for more than a year, will be sold and plans are to build a three-storey mixed-use development there, Peter de Verteuil, Duncan CAO explained at a recent council meeting. (File photo)
New development planned for homeless site in Duncan

Lot on St. Julien Street would see three-storey building

Historian and longtime Citizen columnist T.W. Paterson photographs the historical wreckage of a plane on Mount Benson. Paterson recently won an award from the British Columbia Historical Foundation. (Submitted)
Cowichan’s Tom W. Paterson wins award for historical writing

British Columbia Historical Federation hands Recognition Award to local writer

This electric school bus is the newest addition to the Cowichan Valley School District’s fleet. (Submitted)
Editorial: New electric school bus good place to start

Changing public transit like buses to electric really is important.

CVRD to increase enforcement after audits reveal that curb-side recycling contamination in the district is well above acceptable limits. (File photo)
CVRD reports contamination in recyclables well above acceptable levels

Increased enforcement planned starting this summer

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth and Attorney General David Eby attend opening of the first government-run B.C. Cannabis Store, Kamloops, Oct. 19, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. government to allow home cannabis delivery starting July 15

Added convenience expected to persuade buyers to ‘go legal’

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

BC Ferries’ newest Island Class vessel is experiencing an issue with one of its thrusters off the Algerian coast. Photo courtesy patbaywebcam.com.
BC Ferries newest vessel having mechanical issues in Mediterranean

Island 4 will be repaired in Spain before crossing Atlantic

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum speaks at a press conference in August 2019 about provincial government approval of the city’s change to a municipal force, joined by councillors (from left) Mandeep Nagra, Allison Patton and Doug Elford. Members of the National Police Federation claim there is still no transition plan in place although Surrey RCMP’s contract with the city is due to end March 31.(File photo)
Elections BC approves petition application for referendum on Surrey policing transition

Application was filed under Recall and Initiative Act by the widow of a Surrey murder victim

There were 255 babies born in Victoria in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pandemic baby boom makes for a busier Vancouver Island Father’s Day

Victoria’s 255 babies born in May up almost 10 per cent over last year

Most Read