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Kerry Park Islanders snap streak with wins over Westshore and Saanich

Isles climb back to .500 in tough South Division
Islanders forward Logan Walker strains to keep control of the puck during his team’s win over the Saanich Predators at Kerry Park Arena last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

The Kerry Park Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak with a pair of wins over South Division rivals last week.

The Isles defeated the Westshore Wolves 4-3 at the Q Centre last Friday and doubled up on the Saanich Predators 4-2 at Kerry Park Arena on Saturday before falling 6-2 to the Oceanside Generals in Parksville on Sunday afternoon.

The Wolves, who sit just ahead of the Isles in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League standings, opened the scoring on Wednesday, but the Isles pulled ahead on goals by Marko Tokic and Kellan Bates before the first period was over. Westshore made it 2-2 with a shorthanded goal in the second, but Tobin Bergman’s fourth of the season restored Kerry Park’s lead. Wolves tied it once again in the third, but Logan Walker put the Isles back in front for good with his 13th. Carson Strom chipped in with two assists, and Dryden DeMelo made 29 saves as the Isles were outshot 32-28.

Jackson Egan and Colten Thompson each scored twice on Saturday as the Isles took care of the Predators, who rank last in the South Division. The Predators scored both their goals on the powerplay and briefly held a 2-1 lead in the second period, but the Isles came back before the middle frame was over and held on. DeMelo made 20 stops as his team outshot the Preds 25-22.

Kirk Whittaker opened the scoring on Sunday and Thompson made it 2-1 for the Isles early in the second period, but the Generals scored five unanswered after that. Eric Young faced a lot of rubber, stopping 45 of 51 shots, while the Isles mustered 25 shots on Oceanside’s Aaron Kaner.

The Isles have no dates booked for this weekend. They will play host to the Preds again next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., then visit Saanich on Friday before returning home against the Campbell River Storm on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.