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Islanders start New Year with a goal explosion

Kerry Park averaging 4.25 goals per game in 2023
Kerry Park’s Aleko Sdrakas looks up the ice. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Winners of three in a row to end the year, the Kerry Park Islanders were looking to keep on wining Jan. 7 when they played host to the Peninsula Panthers on Jan 3. And win they did.

Carson Brown kicked off an offensive explosion by the Isles, scoring on the power play 1:58 into the game. Lukas Tokic and Eric Stinson assisted on the play.

Next up it was Bryce Burnett from Ethan Taylor and Stinson again.

Colby Robinson then had a goal from Henry Toomer and Jack Strom.

Peninsula got one back to end the first period at Islanders three goals, Panthers, one.

Robinson netted his second of the game from Strom and Nick Hvode in the second period and though the Panthers got another goal on the man-advantage in the third period, it was too little too late and the Isles earned the ‘W’ by a 4-2 score.

The following day, Kerry Park exploded again with five goals in a 5-1 drubbing of the Westshore Wolves at the Q Centre.

Aleko Sdrakas scored twice for the Islanders, one short-handed, while Strom, Stinson, and Bryce Burnett also scored, Stinson’s on the powerplay and Burnett’s into an empty net.

Brown, Burnett, Nathan Da Silva, and Keagen Abbott, who was picked up by the Isles on Dec. 16 from the Comox Valley Glacier Kings, all had assists.

Their win streak of five games came to an end in Oceanside Jan. 7, however, after the Generals beat the Islanders 9-3. Out-shot 41-25, the Isles went one-for-seven on the power play and gave up two power play goals in the loss.

Goals came from Brown (from Tokic and Sdrakas) on the powerplay, Jacob Wingfield (from Toomer) and Hvode (from Burnett).

The Isles looked to regroup on Jan. 10 when they played host to the Saanich Predators.

With an improved powerplay, Kerry Park went two-for-three with the extra man in a 5-3 win.

Powerplay goals came from Sdrakas in the first and Burnett in the third.

It was Burnett’s second of the night. An empty-netter earned Sdrakas his second as well while Tokic was the team’s other scorer.

Abbott, Toomer, Ty Nakatsu, Kellan Bates (2), Brown, Tokic (2) all earned assists in the game, backstopped by goalie Eric Young who stopped 48 of 51.

The win gives Kerry Park a 7-2-0-1 record in their last 10 games.