The Kerry Park Islanders shutout the Saanich Braves 3-0 on Thursday, at Pearkes Saanich, to take a 3-2 lead in the first round VIJHL series.
Game 6 goes Saturday night, 7 p.m. in Kerry Park. If necessary, Game 7 is 4 p.m. Sunday at Pearkes.
Opening the scoring for the Islanders in Game 5 was Tanner Tiel in the first period. Jacob Malloch tallied in the second. Tiel scored an empty netter, his second of the match, to ice the win with 67 seconds left in the game.
Islanders goalie Rett Rook faced 41 shots for the donut while Riley Mathieson stopped 22 of 23 shots (not including the empty netter).
Around the VIJHL the Campbell River Storm complete their sweep of the wildcard Peninsula Panthers with a 10-6 win on Thursday. The high-powered offence of the Storm scored 34 goals in the four game series.
The Nanaimo Buccaneers also moved on to the second round by eliminating the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in Game 5. Comox had won the first game before the Bucs took over and won four straight.
Parker Ellis’ over time goal helped the Westshore Wolves extend their series against the regular season champion Victoria Cougars with a 5-4 overtime win on Thursday. The Wolves host the Cougars for Game 6 on Saturday at Juan de Fuca Arena, 7 p.m. The Cougars lead 3-2.