Hebert’s 71 saves highlight week for Lake Cowichan Kraken – Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Lake Cowichan Kraken won just one of their three games in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League last week, but that single victory was a memorable one for goaltender Jake Hebert.
The 17-year-old VIJHL rookie from Nanaimo made 71 saves last Friday night to claim his first VIJHL victory in his third appearance as the Kraken beat the Oceanside Generals 4-2 at Cowichan Lake Sports Arena.
Hébert was strewn with pucks, making 23 saves in the first period, 21 in the second and 27 in the third. His teammates were more effective, shooting a total of 21 shots into the net from Oceanside, which is more than enough to beat the Generals.
The Kraken led 2-1 after the first period thanks to goals from Curtis Baird and Anthony Wilson. Jacob Campbell converted a power play in the second period to make it 3-1, but the Generals recovered with a power play goal minutes later. Lake Cowichan defenseman Ray Kelly froze the win with an empty net at the end of the third. Kellan Brienan finished the game with two assists.
The week started for the Kraken with a 3-2 loss to the Port Alberni Bombers in Port Alberni last Wednesday, although the Kraken outscored their expanding cousins 48-20. The Bombers scored the first with a shorthanded goal in the first period. Campbell responded with a power play goal in the second period, but the Bombers were able to restore their lead before the next intermission. The Bombers added another in the third, and while Mitchell Billings picked up one more for Lake Cowichan, it wasn’t enough to close the gap. Josh Robins made 17 saves in the loss, while Alberni goalkeeper Callum Tung finished with 46 saves.
On Sunday night, the Kraken had the dubious distinction of becoming the first team to lose to the Nanaimo Buccaneers this season, losing 4-3 at Lake Cowichan. The Buccaneers, who have made significant improvements in recent weeks, led 2-0 after the first period, but the Kraken started halfway through the second as Donovan Griffin and Aiden Eddy found the back of the net 42 seconds behind. interval shortly before the 10- minute mark. Griffin’s second of the game put Lake Cowichan in front just before the horn sounded to end the middle frame. The Bucs evened things out again at 2:10 of the third, then came back definitively ahead at the 9:38 mark. Robins finished with 37 saves as the Kraken were outscored 41-24.
With nine wins, 13 losses in regulation and one shootout loss, the Kraken sit fourth in the North Division, but the fifth Bombers are just one point behind with three games in hand.
The Kraken will play at home this Friday against the South Division leaders Victoria Cougars at 7:30 p.m., then travel to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on Saturday.