There was just one game this week for the Lake Cowichan Kraken, a Sunday evening contest against the Peninsula Panthers, on Nov. 27.
The teams had met once previously with the Panthers coming out on top 5-1 and while Sunday’s game yielded another five goals for the visitors, this time around the Kraken made it close, scoring four goals in the loss.
Kyler Smith, Sukraj Narwal (2) and Rees Aebischer all scored for the Kraken while Aebischer, Smith (2), Rowan Zapisocki (2), Brayden Ganter, and Carter Anderson all earned assists.
“The Kraken are off to a fantastic start this season. We have hit the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season and the Kraken are in a solid fourth place in the VIJHL North division,” said play by play announcer Bob Day. “This is monumental as several key players have been out with significant injuries. That being said the young rookies like Rees Aebischer have stepped up to support the top lines.”
Day said as the team gets set to move into the Christmas break, the coaching staff are hopeful that the injured are ready to play in early January.
In order to cement a playoff spot, the Kraken will have to work their way up to third place in the North Division by overtaking the Westshore Wolves in the standings.
There are just seven games left until the break, most of them on the road, starting with a Nov. 30 game against the Bombers at Alberni Valley Multiplex. The paper went to press before the game’s final score could be reported.
From there the Kraken visit Campbell River, Victoria, Nanaimo and Oceanside before playing their last two games of the year at home on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18 against Comox and Saanich respectively.