Two more losses for Isles

The Kerry Park Islanders dropped in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League standings after back-to-back losses to the Victoria Cougars and Nanaimo Buccaneers last week.

The Isles fell 5-1 to the Victoria Cougars on Thursday at the Archie Browning Arena.

The Cougars scored just 70 seconds into the game and led 2-0 before Ryan Paisley got the Isles on the board with a powerplay goal at the 17:16 mark.

Victoria scored again before the first period was over, then added goals midway through both the second and third periods to finish with the four-goal edge.

Kerry Park goalie Ty Rennie was peppered with 41 shots, and stopped all but five. The Isles managed 24 shots on the Victoria net, but were stymied 23 times.

The Nanaimo Buccaneers got past the Isles 7-5 in a back-andforth battle as Kerry Park Arena turned into a shooting gallery last Saturday night.

After Cam Nickerson got the Isles on the board with a powerplay goal two minutes and 14 seconds after the opening faceoff, the Bucs scored four times in the latter half of the first period and took a commanding lead into intermission and chased Rennie, who was replaced by Chase Anderson for the second and third periods.

Late in the second, Zack Smith began chipping away at Nanaimo’s lead, first with a shorthanded goal at 14:30, then with an even-strength marker a minute and 24 seconds later. Even though the Bucs scored again with less than two minutes left in the frame, the home team was clearly back in the game.

Nanaimo scored a powerplay goal 40 seconds into the third period, but two goals by Nick White got Kerry Park back within one. The Isles pulled Anderson in the hope of generating one more goal with the extra skater, but an empty-netter sealed the deal for the Bucs.

Rennie allowed four goals on 15 shots. Anderson was strong once he came in, stopping 18 of 20 scoring attempts. The Isles matched the Bucs with 35 shots.

The Isles will have a great chance to get back in the win column as they start the month of October with a home-and-home series against the winless Peninsula Panthers, at Panorama on Friday and at Kerry Park on Saturday, the puck dropping at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Isles will host the Cougars at 3 p.m.