Tightly contested VIJHL junior B final continues

Cougars could end the Island league final series Tuesday in Campbell River

Junior B hockey fans in Greater Victoria are witness to an exciting championship final in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

The Victoria Cougars took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series on Sunday in Esquimalt, scoring five unanswered goals to beat the Campbell River Storm 5-1. The venue shifts back to the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River tomorrow night, as the Cougars look to close out the series.

John Kretzschmar scored twice and added an assist to lead the attack, while Nathan Looysen also had three points. Anthony Ciurro stopped 40 of 41 Storm shots in the Cougar net and was named first star of the game.

Both teams qualify for the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial tournament, to be hosted by the Cougars. But both teams would love to gain bragging rights for their own league along the way.

Should the Storm win game 6, the series would return to the Archie Browning Sports Centre for game 7 on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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