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Braves Hope to Keep Win Streak Alive With New Blood in Lineup

The Saanich Braves will look to continue their win streak this week with games Thursday at Peninsula and Friday at home against Oceanside.  Last Friday, the Braves finally snapped their 9 game losing streak with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Campbell River.  Wade Bartlett would be the hero with the game-winning goal, while Jordan Werezak would stop 58 of 61 shots, including 26 of 27 in the second period alone, to get the win between the pipes.  SamMcMullen would also have a pair of goals to pace the Braves.

If the win streak is going to continue for Saanich, it will need to happen without the services of the team's second leading scorer Nick Guerra, who has signed to play with the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers.  In other player movement news, Saanich's Dayne Ellison returned to the line-up last Friday after serving an 8-game suspension.  The Braves also obtained forward Cam MacKay from the Victoria Cougars in a trade for future considerations.  MacKay is a big body forward who will give the Braves some size on the forward lines.

 

Third Period Collapse Costly for Braves

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart  - The Peninsula Panthers used four third-period goals to overcome a 3-1 deficit and go on to a 5-3 win over the Saanich Braves in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

It was the kind of night, and game, where the Saanich Braves wished the rules called for a 50-minute game, while the Peninsula Panthers were glad that the rules require teams to play a full 60 minutes.

The Braves, playing perhaps their best hockey in the month of November, had outworked and out hustled the Panthers for most of the first two periods and thanks to goals from Fraser Sutherland, Hunter Atchison and Wade Bartlett and some solid goaltending from starter Jordan Werezak - looking for his first win in his last nine starts - held a 3-1 lead after the first two frames.

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Braves Struggle in Rematch With Cougars

The Saanich Braves dropped their eighth game in a row Friday night and second straight to the Victoria Cougars, losing 8-2 at Pearks Arena in the second game of a home and home series between the two teams.  The Cougars spread their scoring out among seven different players, with Blake Roney netting a pair.  Responding for the Braves, who would muster just 14 shots on goal for the evening, were newcomer Wade Bartlett and Josh Poland (with his second in two nights).  Connor Beauchamp was in net for the Cougars for the win, while the Braves Matt Rud faced 38 shots in total in taking the loss.  Next up for the Braves are a pair of home games as they host the Peninsula Panthers on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm and then entertain the Campbell River Storm on Friday at 6:30 pm.

 

Braves Drop Seventh in a Row to Cougars

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart  and Peter Kung - The Saanich Braves dropped their seventh game in a row on Thursday night, as they were defeated 5-1 by the Victoria Cougars in VIJHL action at Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt.

David Marshall caused most of the damage for the Cougars as he scored a pair of goals, one in the first to open the scoring and another in the third. Also scoring for Victoria (18-3-1-1), who have now rattled off four straight wins, were Blake Roney, Liam Carradine and Wade Johnson.

Josh Poland (with his fourth of the season) replied for the Braves.

The Braves had plenty of opportunities to score in this one, managing to get seven powerplay opportunities in the Cougar's barn, but failed to capitalize, especially during an extend two-man advantage midway through the second period.

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Pink Power Not Enough For Braves Against Westshore

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 
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