Isles split with Peninsula, continue struggle with Cougars

Coming off a season-best three-game winning streak, the Kerry Park Islanders were unable to extend that roll into last weekend.

Coming off a season-best three-game winning streak, the Kerry Park Islanders were unable to extend that roll into last weekend.

The Isles split a home-and-home series with the Peninsula Panthers, then ended the weekend with a 5-0 loss at home to the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League-leading Victoria Cougars.

The Isles got goals from David Bittner and Keenan Eddy on Friday as they lost 5-2 to the Panthers.

“They weren’t ready to play,” owner Mark Osmond said.

The team managed to turn things around on home ice on Saturday, putting together a 60-minute effort — with the exception of a 20-second lapse at the end of the second period — in a 3-2 victory.

Tanner Browne opened the scoring in the first period, and Corey Peterson had two goals twice in the second. Bittner chipped in with two assists.

On Sunday, the Isles played a solid first period, but took a penalty at the end of the frame, and the Cougars smelled blood. With just 30 seconds left in the penalty to start the second period, the Cougars capitalized, beginning a four-goal frame.

“It shouldn’t be an excuse, but it was our third game in three days, and we’ve lost a few players lately,” Osmond said.

Nick White has stepped away from the team, and Abe Lamontagne has moved to Ontario to play junior A. Keegan Bissett is out with an injury, and Kyle Green was unable to play the whole game Sunday after hurting his elbow on Saturday.

The Isles have just one game on the schedule this weekend, hosting the Nanaimo Buccaneers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.