NORTH SAANICH — The Victoria Cougars are hoping to sharpen their claws as they arrive out on the Peninsula this Friday evening for a contest against the Panthers.
The local “Cats” are looking to regain some footing after a less than ideal start in the early going. After a couple of key injuries early in the current campaign, the Club faltered but now welcome back their best player in 19-year-old Trevor Owens.
“Trevor broke his leg after only four periods of play when we opened in early September and finally got back into the lineup last Friday night,” explained Governor Pete Zubersky. “We practiced a lot this past four days and Trevor should be ready to go on a line with a couple young but talented players in Drew Coughlin and Marshall Brown.”
The Panthers will be without a couple of regulars. Michael Sproule was banged up last Thursday in Victoria as was goalie Liam Tutte.
“We will bring up an affiliate goaltender to back up Shawn Parkinson and should be fine there,” Zubersky said.
The Panthers went to Lake Cowichan last week for some extra practice and team bonding. They brought along three affiliate players from the Peninsula Midget AA Club.
The puck will drop on Friday, Remembrance Day, at the usual 7:30 p.m. time and a sizeable crowd is expected.
— News staff