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Braves Gear Up For 2015-2016, Announce Training Camp Schedule and Team Captain

Recently named 2015-2016 Team Captain Jack Rachwalski and the Saanich Braves will begin their 2015-2016 training camp on Sunday August 30th with an orientation session and will have a very short week to gear up for their season opener against the Peninsula Panthers on Friday September 4th.  The team will hold on-ice practices from 3:00-5:00 pm on Monday August 31st and Tuesday September 1st and then will head to Juan De Fuca Arena for an exhibition game against the Westshore Wolves on Wednesday September 2nd at 7:00 PM.   Another practice session from 3:00-5:00 PM follows on Thursday September 3rd and then the Braves head up the Peninsula to open the season on Friday September 4th with a game at the Panorama Recreation Centre against the Peninsula Panthers.  The Panthers and Braves then return to Pearkes Arena on SATURDAY night September 5th at 6:30 PM for the Braves home opener.

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Rachwalski, a 19-year old veteran who has been with the Braves for the last three seasons, played all 48 games for the Braves in 2014-2015 and was the Iron Man award winner as a result.  Over 94 games with the Braves, he has 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points.

 

Wolves Advance With Win Over Braves in Double Overtime

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN) - This just might go down as one of the most memorable VIJHL playoff series ever. Playing their fourth overtime game in a row, the Westshore Wolves' James Severs scored with 5:14 to play in the second overtime Friday night to give the Wolves a 5-4 win over the Saanich Braves at Pearkes Arena. Severs' goal, a wrister from the point that somehow found its way through a crowd and over the shoulder of Braves goaltender Riley Mathieson, capped off the 4-2 series win for the Wolves, but also capped off a series that was filled with incredible drama, excitement and as much anxiety that anyone could take on either side.

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Braves Stun Wolves With Dramatic Comeback Win in OT

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN) - One thing for certain is that the Saanich Braves will never give up. Trailing 4-0 and 5-1 to the Westshore Wolves Monday, the Braves made an improbable comeback, scoring with 2.4 seconds remaining to tie the game and then getting a goal from Hunter Atchison at 5:50 of the first overtime to defeat the Wolves 6-5 and knot their first round VIJHL South Division playoff series at two games each.

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Wolves Take Series Lead Over Braves in Double-OT Thriller

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN) - Jordan Martin's goal at 16:44 of the second overtime period gave the Westshore Wolves a dramatic come from behind 3-2 victory over the Saanich Braves in Game 3 of their VIJHL South Division playoff series played Sunday night at The Q Centre in Colwood.  Martin's goal gave the Wolves a 2-1 series lead and marked a disappointing end of the game for Saanich goaltender Brandon Ward who deserved a better fate, having faced a 50 shot barrage from the Wolves on the night and who, like he did in the Braves Game 1 win, did everything but literally stand on his head to keep the Braves in the game.

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Braves and Wolves All Square After Game 2 Westshore Win

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN) - James Severs had a hat-trick to lead the Westshore Wolves to a 7-3 win over the Saanich Braves in Game 2 of their first round South Division Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) playoff series Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

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