Jr. B Wolves in for tough Island hockey season

Westshore newcomers performing well so far this season

Based on the early season results, the Westshore Wolves are in for some tough games during the 2016-17 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League campaign.

Having been the best junior B team in the South Division not called the Victoria Cougars for the past few seasons, the Wolves find themselves in the middle of a highly competitive pack. The resurgent Saanich Braves won five of their first eight games, while the Cougars continue to roll along, winning four of their first five.

Following a 5-2 home loss to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on Wednesday, the Wolves’ 3-4 record had them in fourth spot. Westshore makes its first appearance in Campbell River on Friday (Sept. 30) against the North Division-leading Storm (6-1).

Things don’t get any easier for the Wolves, as they return home for their first game of the season against the arch-rival Cougars, next Wednesday at The Q Centre (7 p.m. start).

Tyler Carpendale and Joe Gage staked the Wolves to a 2-0 lead after one period last night, both scoring unassisted goals. But the Kings came back with a goal in the second and three more in the third – including two on the power play – before adding an empty-netter to finish things off.

Through Wednesday’s game, 19-year-old forward Brandon Tangney led the Wolves with five goals and seven points, followed by rookie Cameron Coutre with four goals and six points. Fellow first-year Wolves forward Jordan Guiney has also shown promise tallying four points in seven games, while Joe Gage anchors the blueline and has five points himself.

A pair of rookie goaltenders have so far split the duties in net for the Wolves.

Jordan Spandli has posted a 3.73 goals against average in just over four games, while partner Liam Atkins, who was in net against Comox Valley, has a 2.27 average and .910 save percentage in just under three games.

For more information on the Wolves, visit westshorewolves.ca or go to vijhl.com.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

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