Shawnigan keeps winning streak alive in home games

The Shawnigan Lake School hockey team brought its season-long winning streak home for a couple of weekends earlier this month.

With two wins against Okanagan Hockey Academy and two more against Pursuit of Excellence at Kerry Park Arena, the team’s record is now 20 wins and zero losses, locking up first place in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League’s Varsity Division.

On Jan. 10, Shawnigan defeated Okanagan 4-1. Okanagan actually opened the scoring, but Shawnigan roared back, tying the game in the second period before blowing it wide open in the third.

Gavin Yee, Reid Irwin, Noah Crumb and Liam Kennedy each finished with a goal and an assist, while Jackson Doucet had two helpers, and Cael Halvorsen stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced.

Okanagan scored first again the following day, 36 seconds into the second period, but Shawnigan responded with five straight over the remainder of the period, and Okanagan had the lone goal of the third as Shawnigan prevailed 5-2. Doucet had a goal and two assists, Kennedy and Triston Lebrun each finished with a goal and one assist, and Crumb and Lowes rounded out the scoring. Irwin had two helpers, and Halvorsen made 11 saves to earn another win.

On Jan. 17, Shawnigan welcomed Pursuit of Excellence to the Cowichan Valley with a 12-1 thrashing. Shawnigan led 5-0 before Pursuit finally got on the board late in the first period. Shawnigan added three more in the second and four in the third.

All but two Shawnigan players had at least one point in the game. Crumb led the way with a hat trick and added an assist for good measure. Doucet and Devin Williamson each scored twice, Yee and Lebrun each had a goal and two assists, and Lowes had a goal and one assist. Kennedy and Kieran Furlonger each scored once, and Tyler Knelson finished with two assists. Ethan Schovanek stopped 15 of 16 shots in goal.

The teams’ meeting the following day was less of a high-scoring affair as Shawnigan won 4-0. Merek Pipes made 15 saves for his team-leading third shutout of the season.

Crumb again paced the attack with a goal and an assist, while Doucet, Kyle Bell and Dominik Faustino also scored, and Knelson and Williamson finished with two assists apiece.

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