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Glacier Kings Put Braves on Ice

The Saanich Braves dropped their seventh game in a row to begin the season, as they lost a tough 4-2 battle to the visiting Comox Valley Glacier Kings in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

It was much of the same old same old for the Braves, who battled hard early, being tied 2-2 with the Glacier Kings after two periods of play, but allowing a pair of third period goals that clinched the deal for the Glacier Kings.

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Braves Come Up Short in Nanaimo

The Saanich Braves played a strong game but dropped a 3-1 decison to the Nanaimo Buccaneers in VIJHL action Thursday night at the Nanaimo Ice Centre in Nanaimo.

The Braves started former Buccaneer Brandon Ward in net and while he played well against his former teammates, stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced and earning third star honours, a stickhandling blunder on Nanaimo's second and ultimately game-winning goal proved to be huge.  Ward came out to the top of the face off circle to play a second period dump in, and somehow mishandled the puck, giving it to Nanaimo's Chad Bell who fired a shot into the empty net from the wing, putting the Bucs up 2-0 at the time.

The Bucs, who scored in the first on a shot from Nolan Richardson, would continue to pressure in the third, outshooting the Braves 11-5, but Ward would hold strong and when Nyshan Basra finally beat Nanaimo starter Greg Maggio with 4:04 to go, it appeared the Braves might find a way to tie the game and at least force overtime.

It was not to be however, as with the goalie Ward pulled, Nanaimo's Will McNamara would hit the empty net with 20 seconds to play to give the Bucs the 3-1 win.

The Bucs outshot the Braves 32-22 on the night. Saanich was 0 for 3 on the powerplay. Nanaimo was 0 for 1.  With the win the Bucs improve to 6-1-0-1 and they jump into first place in the North.  The Braves fall to 0-5-0-1 and remain winless for the year.

The Braves are right back at it on Friday night as they host the Comox Valley Glacier Kings at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.  Puck drop is 6:30 pm.


First Period Proves Costly in Braves Loss to Kerry Park

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - The Saanich Braves fell behind 3-0 in the first period and after a bit of a comeback in the second, eventually fell 6-3 to the Kerry Park Islanders in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

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Braves Make Roster Moves Prior to Game With Kerry Park

The Saanich Braves announced a number of roster moves Friday in advance of their game with the Kerry Park Islanders.  The team has released forwards Kyle Smeding and Mike Affleck, as well as goaltender Nick Dueck.  Joining the team are goaltender Brandon Ward, acquired from the Nanaimo Buccaneers and Kurtis Coburn and Ryan Friesen, both acquired from the Sicamous Eagles of the KIJHL.

Smeding saw action in 3 games for the Braves, scoring a goal and no assists.  Affleck played in 2 games and did not register a point.  Dueck made the start in 3 of the Braves 4 games to date, going 0-3 and surrendering 16 goals on 113 shots.

The 5'10" 160 lb. Ward, a native of Vacaville, California, comes to the Braves after going 2-0 with the Buccaneers, with a 1.50 goals against average and a .948 save percentage.  His wins came against Oceanside and Comox.  Coburn, a 5-11, 168 lb defenceman and Friesen, a 5'9" 168 lb. forward saw limited action with Sicamous, neither appearing in the Eagles' first three games of the season.



Braves Fall to Undefeated Wolves

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - The Westshore Wolves put a damper on the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Saanich Braves home opener by coming away with a 6-2 victory in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

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