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Results don’t match the effort
Being shut out in two of three Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games didn’t entirely tell the tale of the Kerry Park Islanders’ weekend play.
The Islanders were blanked 8-0 by the suddenly high-flying Storm Friday night in Campbell River, but bounced back to play extremely well in a 4-2 victory over the Peninsula Panthers and a tough 2-0 loss to the powerful Victoria Cougars Sunday in back-to-back games at Kerry Park Arena.
The loss of Armand Uomoleale definitely took some starch out of the Islanders’ attack. Uomoleale started the season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals before being reassigned to the Islanders but has left to seek other Junior A opportunities.
The Islanders soldiered on but also didn’t have Alex Milligan available Friday due to suspension and Eric Mansueti and Tylor Branzsen due to sickness. Needless to say, they got thumped by the Storm.
Branzsen and Mansueti both returned to score key goals in the win over the Panthers.
Defenceman Jordan Coyne also scored for the Islanders and Milligan added an empty-netter.
Playing their third game in less than 48 hours, the Islanders gave the Cougars all they could handle despite being outshot 43-16. The game remained scoreless until 11:17 of the second period.
The Islanders had a great chance in the second, but Milligan was stopped on a breakaway.
“That’s the best we’ve played them in a couple of years,’’ said goalie Jackson Jane, who kept his team in it with some huge saves.
“It proved to ourselves we can play with those guys. Now we know we have a chance to beat them if we play like that.’’
The Islanders’ defence matched the Cougars’ relentless checking.
“The scoring chances we kept them way down,’’ said Jane.
The Islanders are at Peninsula Friday.