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Milligan igniting offense

High-sticking tactic is used by the Islanders’ Braeden Cross to try and corral the puck during Sunday VIJHL action at Kerry Park Arena against Peninsula. - Don Bodger
High-sticking tactic is used by the Islanders’ Braeden Cross to try and corral the puck during Sunday VIJHL action at Kerry Park Arena against Peninsula.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Hidden in the Kerry Park Islanders’ 5-34-3 record are the simply marvellous seasons being enjoyed by Alex Milligan and Kyle Peterson.

Milligan and Peterson have been carrying the offense for the Vancouver Island Hockey League squad with 25 and 22 goals, respectively. The next closest total to them on the team is nine.

“I’ve got a lot more confidence,’’ said Milligan. “With more confidence, a lot of things can happen.

“Me and Kyle notice we have to lead the team on and off the ice just because we have such a young team this year. Me and Kyle took it upon ourselves to show guys how to play junior.’’

Milligan popped in two more goals Wednesday night, but the Islanders lost 7-5 to the Westshore Wolves on the road.

“It was an all right game,’’ said Milligan. “It was like a back and forth kind of thing.’’

Connor Krupa also scored twice for the Islanders and Cody Short added a single.

The Islanders played their most complete game of the season Sunday at Kerry Park for their fifth win by beating Peninsula 5-1.

“We figured out we had to play a full 60 minutes,’’ said Milligan, who also notched two goals in that game.

Corey Peterson, Kyle Peterson and Jamie Jensen added singles.

Milligan watched from the stands Saturday in Parksville while still under suspension, as the Islanders blew a 3-0 lead after the second period and lost 5-3 to Oceanside. They went on a four-minute power play early in the third and promptly gave up two shorthanded goals.

“Everything went wrong from there,’’ said Milligan.

The Islanders host Saanich Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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