Junior Braves Development Camp - April 14-June 16, 2014

The Braves are pleased to announce that their 2014 Development Camp for players born in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 will be held at Pearkes Arena April 14th through June 16th, 2014.  Cost is $395 per player for 17 ice times.  There is room for 30 skaters and 3 goalies so register today to avoid a wait list. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION.

2014 Spring Prospects Camp - June 20-22, 2014

The 2014 Junior Braves Prospect Camp will take place the weekend of June 20-22, 2014. Camp is open to players born in 1996,1997,1998,1999 and will be held at Pearkes Arena. The cost for our camp is $150.00 and each player will receive one practice, and three games.  Space will be limited to 24 forwards, 12 defenseman, and 4-6 goalies. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION.


News Stories

Braves Drop Game 1 to Comox 4-1

Story by Christian J. Stewart - The Comox Valley Glacier Kings used three second period goals to skate to a 4-1 win over the Saanich Braves in Game 1 of their VIJHL playoff series in Comox on Tuesday evening.

The score disguises the fact that the Braves, buoyed by the return of Fraser Sutherland, Wade Bartlett, James Sneddon and Garrett Stankoven to the line-up, caused the Glacier Kings a great deal of concern over the first half of the game, holding them to just 5 shots in period one and 10 shots on goal through the mid-point of the second period and also holding a 1-0 lead at the 8:24 mark, when Jake Daughtry walked out of the corner and wristed one past surprise Comox starter Blake Pearson.

That lead would not hold for long however, as at the 9:04 mark, after a big save from Saanich goaltender Jason Stewart, who then looked to have covered the puck with his right pad on the post, Comox's Eric Margo stuffed it home and the game was tied 1-1.

The turning point in the game then came late in that period, when the Glacier Kings scored two quick goals to jump into a 3-1 lead.  First, at 16:56, Dallas Maxwell walked out from behind the net and beat Stewart with a perfect shot to the top corner. 

Just 31 seconds later, Grant Iles sped in off the right wing and went bar down on Stewart, the perfectly placed shot giving the Glacier Kings command of the game.  That score held to the intermission. Shots at the break were 22-10 for Comox.

In the third, the Braves once again defensively stymied the Glacier Kings, holding them once again to just 5 shots on goal, but one of those was a tip by Maxwell of a Taylor Derynck howitzer from the point that gave the Kings some insurance with the 4-1 lead.

The Braves for their part battled hard, but could not put any of their 7 shots past Pearson and the Kings came away with the 4-1 win.  Final shots on goal for the game were 27-17 for Comox.

Saanich Head Coach Brad Cook was optimistic despite the loss. "It was a solid effort by the guys.  Other than the second half of the second period, we stayed with Comox the whole way.  We need to play like that and stay within our structure for the full 60 minutes, have a bit more composure on our odd man chances, and get more pucks to the Comox net and we can have success against them."

Three stars as selected by Comox were Dallas Maxwell (1st), Eric Margo (2nd) and Grant Iles (3rd).

Game 2 in the series goes Thursday night at Pearks Arena in Saanich. Note it is an early start time of 6:00 PM.  


One-Goal-itis Plagues Braves Again

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - For the fourth time in their last five games, the Saanich Braves came out on the short end of a one-goal hockey game, this time dropping a 3-2 decision to the Oceanside Generals in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The loss spoiled a touching Valentine's night ceremony that was held prior to the game for the Junior Brave's Moms and billet Mom's, as well as a special pre-game ceremony that honoured former Brave and current San Jose Shark, Matt Irwin. The Braves presented Irwin with a framed #44 jersey as well as a banner bearing that number that will be hung from the rafters at Pearkes Arena.

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Braves to Honour Former Player Matt Irwin Friday

The Saanich Braves will pay homage to former player and present San Jose Shark defenceman Matt Irwin in a special ceremony prior to Friday's 6:30 PM game against the Oceanside Generals at Pearkes Arena.  Irwin will be on hand to meet and greet fans prior to the game and to drop the puck in a ceremonial opening face-off.  The night will also honour Valentine's Day by paying respect to the player's Moms and billet Mom's in a special post-game ceremony.  This is the final regular season home game of the season and we invite all fans to come out and support the team and to give Irwin and all the Moms a great reception!



Braves Can't Buy A Break - Fall to Kerry Park in Final Seconds

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - A shorthanded goal by Kerry Park's Eric Mansueti with 17 seconds remaining to play, gave the Islanders a 3-2 win over the Saanich Braves in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

Kerry Park's winning goal was a microcosm of the bad luck that has been plaguing the Braves all season. After a stint in the Kerry Park end, where the Braves powerplay unit almost notched the go-ahead goal, the Islanders cleared the puck down the ice, where Saanich goaltender Jason Stewart came out to play it. At the same time, defenseman Kris Carpentier came back to retrieve it, with Mansueti hot on his heels. Both Brave players hesitated, assuming for a brief second that the other was going to take the puck, and that was all it took for the pressuring Mansueti to chip his way into the mix, pick up the loose puck and somehow slip it past a scrambling Stewart for the winning goal.

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Buccaneers Too Much For Braves to Handle

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart  - The Nanaimo Buccaneers used a five-goal, second period explosion to cruise to an 8-2 win over the Saanich Braves in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The win was the second in a row for the Buc's over the Braves, coming on the heels of a 4-3 win in Nanaimo on Thursday night.

The Braves actually got the jump in this game, outplaying the Buccaneers over the first 5 minutes plus of the game and being rewarded when Jordan Groenhyde blasted a powerplay slap shot past Buc's goaltender Ryan Waldhaus - making his first start since returning from injury - at the 8:58 mark, to give the Braves the 1-0 lead.

The Buccaneers would respond on the ensuing shift however and after Braves starting goaltender Jason Stewart made a save on a tough shot from Jake Calverley, Lee Orpen banged home the rebound at the 9:24 mark to even the score.

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