NORTH SAANICH — Carson Cox had been struggling as of late but he could not have picked a better time to suddenly get red hot.
The rugged left winger for the Peninsula Panthers was having trouble lighting the lamp and it was wearing on him. But on Thursday night in Esquimalt against the Victoria Cougars, Cox broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period on a power play marker and then added an empty net goal to cap off an important 4-2 victory.
He followed that effort up when he scored against the Kerry Park Islanders at home last Friday night in a heart-pounding 3-2 win, less than 24 hours later.
The Club seems to be hitting on all cylinders and at the perfect time, now winning four of their last five games against the four South Division opponents .
“Coxy was struggling and you could see that he had lost a lot of his confidence,” said General Manager Pete Zubersky. “But when he got the monkey off his back on Thursday night, you could immediately see a huge smile and we started to see the Carson Cox of old in the latter parts of Thursday night and then again on Friday against Kerry Park. I thought that the line of Cox, Matt Lawrence and Marshall Brown had two great games and all three of them worked their tails off.”
Riley Braun and Shota Yamamoto were the other marksmen against the Cougars, while Bryce Schiebel was outstanding between the pipes, blocking 36 of 38 shots to collect the win.
On Friday night, Braun and Josh Lingard joined Cox in the goal scoring parade while Chris Akerman backstopped the win with 25 saves on 27 shots.
“We are in such a dogfight in the standings,” quipped Zubersky making note of the obvious. “For our Club every single game, every single point from here on in can make a huge difference to our post-season results and so we are looking at the remaining seven games in the regular season as playoff games. This is a great dress rehearsal for round one no matter who our opponent might be.”
It does not get any easier for the “Cats.” They welcome in to the Panorama Recreation Centre the VIJHL-leading Nanaimo Buccaneers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and then head up to Mill Bay to take on the Islanders on Saturday. There are no easy games at this point in the season but it is clear that Carson Cox and the rest of his mates have a lot of confidence right now and one glance at the standings say it could not be a better time to continue with their winning ways.
— News Staff