Westshore Wolves captain Brandon Tutte looks for a pass in front of Victoria Cougars goaltender Patrick Osterman in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League South Division semifinal action at Archie Browning Sports Centre. The series is tied 2-2 heading into game 5 Wednesday in Colwood. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

VIJHL’s Cougars, Wolves prep for crucial game 5 Wednesday in Colwood

Westshore erases 2-0 series deficit with back-to-back wins

The fired-up Westshore Wolves put themselves back in their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoff series against the Victoria Cougars with a pair of wins in games 3 and 4.

The Wolves host game 5 on Wednesday night (Feb. 28, 7 p.m.) at The Q Centre in Colwood having tied the series up 2-2. Game 6 happens Thursday (7 p.m.) back at Archie Browning Sports Centre, but the game 5 matchup will be crucial.

Sunday’s 5-2 victory on the Cougars’ home ice in Esquimalt saw the visitors grab a 3-0 lead after one period and never look back.

As they have done throughout the series, the Cougars clicked well on the power play to get back into the game, getting a second-period marker from Mateo Albinati and another early in the third from Darwin Lakoduk.

But the Wolves’ Lukas Yesaki replied with a goal three minutes later and Westshore added an empty net goal in the final minute.

On Saturday, three unanswered goals in the third lifted the Wolves to a 3-2 home ice victory in game 3.

Jaden McNulty in the first period and Sean Patten in the second gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead. But the Wolves roared back in the third, getting an unassisted goal by Brandon Tutte at 4:27, an even-strength marker from Benjamin Duffin at 7:09 and the ultimate winner on the power play from Keegan Durrance less than two minutes later.

The Wolves outshot the Cougars for a third straight game, this time 30-17, and kept Victoria goaltender Patrick Osterman busy.


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