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.