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Basra Hat-Trick Leads Braves to Big Win Over Generals

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - Nyshan Basra had a hat-trick and Evan Horvath had a goal and an assist to lead the Saanich Braves to a decisive 6-1 win over the Oceanside Generals in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) action Wednesday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

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Catching Up With the Braves: Losing Streak Reaches Five

It has been a tough last two weeks for the Saanich Braves, as their losing streak has moved up to five games following a tough and crazy 7-6 loss in overtime last Saturday night to the Westshore Wolves at The Q Centre in Colwood. The Braves held a 2-1 lead mid-way through the game, only to see the Wolves score three more times before the period was out to take a 4-3 lead into the second break.

Two more goals by Westshore and one by Saanich in the third, saw the score reach 6-4 Wolves, before the Braves tallied two late goals to tie the game up and send it to overtime. In the extra period, Clay Carson would score for the Wolves 3:00 in to give the Wolves the win.

For the Braves, Seamus Maguire led the way with a pair of goals and an assist, while Nyshan Basra added a goal and two assists. Brandon Ward took the loss in net, allowing the 7 goals on 30 Westshore shots.

On last Friday night, the Braves journeyed up thr road to Campbell River in the hopes of getting revenge on the Storm for a 8-0 pounding on the Braves the week before. It was not to be however, as the Storm would score three times in the third period, including an empty net goal, to come away with a 6-3 win. Nyshan Basra had a pair of goals for the Braves, with Kyle Schnettler adding the other.

Last week, after the 8-0 loss at home to the Storm on Wednesday, the Braves journeyed north to Comox, where the Glacier Kings handed them a 5-1 loss. Maguire had the only Braves goal, coming after the score was already 5-0 for the Kings.

The Braves then travelled to Oceanside on Saturday, where Jason Stewart made just his third start of the season between the pipes. In a back and forth affair that saw the Braves hold a 2-1 first period lead and a 3-2 lead after two, the Generals would score three times in the third period to escape with a 5-4 win. Nick Guerra had a pair of goals for the Braves, with Maguire and Garrett Stankoven adding the others.

Despite the losses, the news has not been all bad for the Braves. Forwards Hunter Atchison (Trail) and Nick Guerra (Nanaimo) have been playing regularly as call up players in the BCHL, while defenceman Connor Birmingham saw action in a game with Chilliwack.

This week, the Braves have a pair of games on the schedule both at home. On Wednesday the 26th they host the Oceanside Generals in a 7:30 start, while on Friday, the first place Victoria Cougars invade the teepee for a 6:30 pm start.

Scheduling Note:  The game against Kerry Park that was cancelled on November 6, 2014, has now been rescheduled for Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 pm at the Mill Bay Arena.

See you at the rink!


Braves Wiped Out By Severe Storm

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

November 12, 2014, Saanich, BC (ISN) - The Campbell River Storm blew into Pearkes Arena and received a hat-trick from Connor Logan and a pair of goals from Michael Olson to wipe out the Saanich Braves 8-0 in a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) game Wednesday night in Saanich.

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Braves Take Out Frustrations of Game Cancellation on Westshore Wolves

After having their Thursday night game in Kerry Park cancelled due to storm related issues and a power failure at the Mill Bay Arena, the Saanich Braves took all their saved up energy and let it loose on the Westshore Wolves Friday night, cruising to an 8-2 win.  The teams played a scoreless first period and then exploded for 8 second period goals, six of which came from the sticks of the Braves, as they took a 6-2 lead into the second break.  Two more goals in the third finished the scoring and gave the Braves the easy win.  Kyle Schnettler led the way for the Braves with a pair of goals and an assist, while Nick Guerra added a goal and three assists.  Other Braves goal scorers included Dayne Ellison, Jack Rachwalski, Nyshan Basra, Jordan Parmar and Alex Schleuter.  Quentin McShane and Corey Peterson responded for Westshore. Brandon Ward stopped 25 of 27 shots for the win. Westshore's Chris Smith was left in for all eight Saanich goals.  


Braves Good But Cougars (Still) Better

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - A vastly improved Saanich Braves squad (6-2-0-2 in their last ten games) took to the ice against the VIctoria Cougars in VIJHL action Wednesday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich and in an entertaining, hard-hitting affair, the Braves gave all they had, but still ended up on the losing end of a 4-1 score to the high flying Cougars.

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