Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - The Saanich Braves held their annual "Pink in the Rink" fundraiser Friday night, but the Westshore Wolves put a bit of a damper on the evening, coming away with a 2-1 win over the hometown Braves in VIJHL action at Pearkes arena.
The Wolves would get a second period, powerplay goal from Kyle Richter and a third period goal from former Brave Connor Krupa and that would be enough to hand the Braves their fifth loss in a row, all coming in the month of November.
The Braves Sam McMullen charges through centre ice (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
For the Braves, Hunter Atchison tallied a goal in the second period to give the Braves a brief 1-0 lead, but it would be all they would get past Wolves starting goaltender Chris Smith, who has recently joined the Wolves to replace regular goaltender Matt Chester, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
Saanich's Sasha Hahn carries the puck out of his zone Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Smith played well, stopping 31 of 32 Brave shots, including an impressive glove save on a breakaway by the Braves James Sneddon early in the game.
Westshore's Tyler Smith does what it takes to get the puck out of his zone, despite the pressure from the Braves Chase Anchikoski (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
At the other end, the Brave's Jordan Werezak got his first after missing the last three games for undisclosed reasons. He played well, stopping 28 of the 30 shots he faced, but now is winless in his last six starts.
Saanich's James Sneddon carries the puck through the neutral zone on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The win boosts the Wolves record to 9-11-3-2 and they sit in third in the South, just two points behind the Panthers, who surprised Nanaimo Friday 4-2. The Braves drop to 7-12-1-1 and they sit last in the South.
Westshore's Connor Krupa (left) and Saanich's Sasha Hahn battle for the puck during Friday's action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Braves are right back in action on Saturday night as they head over the Malahat to visit the Kerry Park Islanders. Game time in Mill Bay is 7:30 pm.