Islanders’ Leighton Williams stops 41 for first junior B shutout

Leighton Williams made 41 saves last Friday to earn his first Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League shutout in a 7-0 win over the Oceanside Generals.

Williams got his team through a scoreless opening 20 minutes, but the Isles got on the board in the second and drove their point home in the third.

"Leighton faced a lot of shots in the first period," Isles owner Mark Osmond said. "He was seeing the puck well, and not giving much up for rebounds."

After starting the game with just five defencemen and 11 forwards, the Isles lost affiliate Seth Davis to an ankle injury in the first period. Matt Osmond and David Bittner were moved from the forward ranks back to defence, both players’ natural position, and the club rolled three lines for the rest of the game.

Cody Short and Kyle Green scored in the second period to open things up, and the Isles vowed to hold on through the third. Green and Short both scored again in the final frame, while Ryan Paisley, Adam Page and Hobin Zinck also found the net.

Green finished the night with two goals and one assist, while Eric Mansueti, Jamie Jensen and Brendan Gowanlock had two assists each.

The Isles will visit the Peninsula Panthers – and former Islanders stars Alex Milligan and Tylor Branzsen – this Friday, then play host to the North Divisionleading Campbell River Storm at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

"Campbell River will be a tough one, but if we play the way we did against Oceanside, we might surprise them," Osmond said.