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Playoff time arrives for the Islanders

Big forward Nick Kean will be a key man for the Kerry Park Islanders in the playoffs. - Andrew Leong/file
Big forward Nick Kean will be a key man for the Kerry Park Islanders in the playoffs.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

The Kerry Park Islanders have known this has been coming for a while.

Now it's time to get down to business.

The Islanders, fourth-place finishers in the South Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, will face the No. 1 Victoria Cougars in the first round of the playoffs. The first game is Thursday in Victoria and the teams return to Kerry Park Arena for game two Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Islanders split their final two games of the regular season, losing 5-1 to the Peninsula Panthers in Sidney Friday and beating the Saanich Braves 5-2 Saturday night at Kerry Park Arena.

The Panthers were led by two former Islanders traded to Peninsula last month. Alex Milligan picked up a goal and an assist against his former teammates and Tylor Branzsen also had a goal for the Panthers.

Nick Kean, a trade deadline acquisition from the Panthers, had the lone goal for the Islanders.

The Islanders continued their domination of the Braves in their final regular-season home game.

David Bittner, Brendan Gowanlock and Francis Lapierre-Slicer had the Islanders in a 3-0 lead midway through the game and they never looked back.

Trevor Beauregard scored for the Islanders, as they opened up a 4-1 lead after the second period. Lapierre-Slicer added his second of the game in the third period.

Leighton Williams played a strong game in the Kerry Park net with 37 saves.

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