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Jane keeps his team in the game

Puck rolls precariously past the Peninsula net guarded by Josh Round. Kerry Park’s Connor Krupa crashes the net and is almost rewarded with a goal while being taken down by Peninsula’s Cody Breitenstein. - Andrew Leong
Puck rolls precariously past the Peninsula net guarded by Josh Round. Kerry Park’s Connor Krupa crashes the net and is almost rewarded with a goal while being taken down by Peninsula’s Cody Breitenstein.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

For once, goalie Jackson Jane received some offensive support.

The busy Kerry Park Islanders’ goalie faced his usual barrage of shots during Friday night’s Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game at Peninsula and allowed five goals, but this time came out with the 7-5 victory.

Jane made 41 saves, almost his lower limit in most games this season, as the Islanders knocked off the hometown Panthers for just their third victory of the season.

It was a welcome relief, especially for Jane, because most nights with that much activity have resulted in losses.

“At least we scored,’’ said Jane. “As long as we get some goals, we should be all right.’’

The Islanders were coming off a 7-3 loss on home ice to the same Panthers the previous Saturday and wanted desperately to make amends.

Jordan Hospes played goal for the Islanders in the previous outing and he was also a busy man, with 49 shots directed at him.

Red-hot Alex Milligan (2) and Ryan Paisley scored for the Islanders in the second period of that game.

The rematch featured a fast start by the Islanders to open up a 3-0 lead. But the Panthers clawed away and the game was tied until Braeden Cross scored the winner five minutes into the third period and added an empty-netter.

Milligan also added a pair in that game, with singles from Anthony Gilbert, Kyle Peterson and Jamie Jensen.

“It’s getting a lot better,’’ said Jane.

He had a battle with his old goaltending mate Matt Chester of Westshore Saturday at Kerry Park Arena and lost 4-2.

“It’s always fun when we play against each other,’’ said Jane. “We both don’t want to lose against each other.’’

The Islanders are at Nanaimo Thursday and Peninsula Friday before hosting Comox Valley Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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