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!