Westshore Wolves defenceman Jake Watson gets ridden into the end boards behind his team's net by Victoria Cougars forward Kenny Britton during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League South Division semifinal action. The Cougars won 3-2 Wednesday in Colwood to take a 3-1 series lead and can eliminate the Wolves with a win Thursday at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt.

Westshore Wolves defenceman Jake Watson gets ridden into the end boards behind his team's net by Victoria Cougars forward Kenny Britton during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League South Division semifinal action. The Cougars won 3-2 Wednesday in Colwood to take a 3-1 series lead and can eliminate the Wolves with a win Thursday at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt.

Wolves on the brink of elimination after narrow game 4 VIJHL series loss

Victoria snaps 2-2 tie in dying minutes to secure win in Colwood

Grayden Hohl is proving to be the Wolves killer in the Vancouver Island Hockey League’s South Division semifinal series.

The Victoria Cougars’ leading scorer bagged the winning goal on the power play with 4:01 left in the third period, snapping a 2-2 tie and leading his team to a 3-2 win over the Westshore Wolves in game 4.

The Cougars can wrap up the series with a victory tonight (March 2) on home ice at Esquimalt Archie Browning Arena. Opening faceoff is at 7 p.m.

Hohl scored twice in game 1 to lead his team to a 4-1 win in the opening game of the series and notched a goal in the Cougars’ 3-2 game 2 win in Esquimalt on Sunday.

Victoria never trailed Wednesday’s game at The Q Centre. The Cougars Branden Tangney and the Wolves’ Zach Benson, on the power play, traded first-period goals. Then Dom Kolbeins scored the only goal of the middle frame to make it 2-1 Victoria.

Nicholas Polomark tied it up for the Wolves 6:58 into the third and the teams battled for the tiebreaker.

Then with under six minutes to go, Cameron Kinsman, who set up Polomark’s goal, was called for a contact to the head penalty during which Hohl finished off a passing play with Jordan Passmore and Avery Hill.

The Wolves had a late power play of their own when the Cougars’ Kaelen Anderson was whistled down for a charging penalty at 17:19, but Victoria goalie Anthony Ciurro stood tall in the net. He and the Wolves’ Jordan Spandli were kept busy throughout the game, as both teams piled up 43 shots on goal.

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