Wolves in the middle of a tough hockey week

Westshore Jr. B club plays league’s top two teams

The Westshore Wolves continue to be in a battle in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s South Division.

The Wolves, coming off a successful hosting of the VIJHL All-Star Game, were sitting with an even .500 record (18-18-0-3) heading into Wednesday’s home game against the Victoria Cougars (played after the Gazette’s print deadline). The Wolves are in Campbell River tonight (Jan. 22) to play the North-leading Storm.

Everyone is chasing the Victoria Cougars (31-4-1-0), who have all but clinched first place and are gearing up to host the Cyclone Taylor Cup B.C. Junior B championship tournament in early April.

Westshore is virtually neck and neck in the battle for second spot with Kerry Park and Peninsula, who each sit two points up on the Wolves. The Panthers have played two more games than their two divisional rivals.

Individually, Branden Tangney and Cory Hatcher lead the scoring parade with 42 points apiece. Tangney and Nathan Gelsinger are tied for the team lead in goals with 18, while Tomba Huddlestan leads the team’s defence corps with 26 points in 35 games. In goal, Leighton Williams leads the way, sporting a solid 12-6 record with a 3.24 goals against average.

Westshore’s next home game is against Campbell River next Tuesday (Jan. 26) at 7 p.m. at The Q Centre.