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Wolves Rebound With 5-2 Win Over Braves

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - Kyle Richter scored a pair of goals to help the Westshore Wolves defeat the Saanich Braves 5-2 Friday night in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) pre-season action at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.  The Wolves win avenges a 3-2 loss suffered to the Braves at JDF Arena on Thursday night, one that saw a very young and inexperienced Wolves team get outshot by the Braves 40-20 on the night.

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Braves Open Pre-Season With 3-2 Win Over Westshore

The Saanich Braves received goals from Evan Horvath, Josh Poland and Quinn Miller to grab a 3-2 victory over the Westshore Wolves in VIJHL pre-season action Thursday night at Juan De Fuca Arena in Colwood.

The Wolves jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Drayson Lum converted a nice 2-on-1 pass, tipping it just inside the post past Braves starter Jason Stewart 3:20 in, but it was all Braves after that with Horvath and Poland scoring in quick succession, the Braves peppering 17 shots total on Wolves starter Chris Smith and Stewart stopping the remaining 8 shots that he saw in the period to see the Braves lead 2-1 at the first intermission.

In the second, it was again all Braves, as the Wolves found themselves in plenty of penalty trouble, paying the price for that at the 12:38 mark when Quinn Miller snapped home a powerplay goal to put the Braves up 3-1.  To that point, the Wolves had not been able to register a shot on goal and it stayed that way until late in the period after Taylor Findlay had replaced Stewart in the Saanich goal, stopping 4 shots before the end of the frame.

The Wolves came close early in the third, ringing one off the cross bar, and finally found a way to get one past Findlay with 13:36 to play, when Connor Bell snuck in off the wing and slipped one through the five-hole to put the Wolves within one.

The Wolves would continue to pressure, pulling their goalie on the powerplay with 2 minutes to go, but Findlay and the Braves defence held them off to preserve the 3-2 win.

The Braves would outshoot the Wolves 40-20 for the game.  Stewart stopped 8 of 9 shots and Findlay 10 of 11 to share the win.

The two teams will be back at it again Friday night, this time at Pearkes Arena in Saanich. Puck drop is 6:30 pm.


Braves Open Camp With Optimistic Outlook for 2014-2015

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - The Saanich Braves hit the ice at Pearkes Arena Monday afternoon for an intra-squad game to open their 2014-2015 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) training camp and take the first steps toward putting a less than stellar 2013-2014 season behind them.

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Braves Announce 2014 Training Camp Schedule

The Saanich Braves will kick off their 2014 Training Camp on Sunday August 24th at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.  After a day of fitness testing and three days of on-ice practices, the team will play exhibition games against Westshore on Thursday August 28th at the Q Centre and Friday August 29th at Pearkes Arena.  The full schedule is posted below and can be downloaded HERE.  It is also shown in the Game Schedule/Calendar link on the home page.


Braves Need Billets for 2014-2015 Season

The Saanich Braves Hockey Club is in urgent need of billet families for the 2014/2015 hockey season. We are short homes for players this year and we need assistance from the community in finding placements for our billeted players.

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The importance of billet families to the Braves Junior program is immeasurable. Part of our commitment to our players and their parents is to help provide them with a good home. Their time with the billet family is a very important time of their lives. They are away from their family and friends - often for the first time - so their billets literally become their surrogate family. While the billets receive some monetary compensation, tickets to home games and invitations to team events, the real rewards are in the lasting relationships that are formed.

When a family volunteers to house a member of the team, they are required to provide room and board for the player. This includes, providing nutritious food that is available for him to prepare or for the billets to prepare for the player. In addition, billets must be able to provide the player with his own room, or can share with a fellow team member. Billets are expected to treat the player as "one of the family" and not just a "renter". The same applies for the player, who is expected to be part of the family. He will be expected to help out with daily tasks such as cleaning up after themselves and keeping their room tidy. Billet families will receive support in any way needed from the Saanich Braves organization.

How long is a billet family's commitment? This varies depending on the player; some are with the family during the hockey season which operates from the end of August to the end of March. Throughout the season, players try to go home for the weekend as often as the game schedule permits and every player will go home over the holiday breaks.

If you would like more information on becoming part of the Brave's Family please contact Head Coach/GM Brad Cook @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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