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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.


Braves Host Annual Pink in the Rink Game Friday

The Saanich Jr B Braves are pleased to help support the fight against Breast Cancer with their annual Pink in the Rink Breast Cancer Awareness Night this Friday, Nov. 15 at Pearkes Arena.

The Braves take on the Westshore Wolves at 6:30 p.m. Friday night and proceeds from the evening will benefit the Island Breastrokers, Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team.

The highlight of the action-packed Pink in the Rink Night is the auction for the special pink jerseys worn by the Braves players during the game. The evening also includes a silent auction and a 50/50 draw with all proceeds benefitting the Island Breastrokers.

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The Braves are grateful for the support of the evening's sponsor Elite Sports.

Fans can get in on the 46th season action by purchasing season tickets, available for $129 for all 24 home games. Season tickets will be available at every Braves home game or by calling 250 -590-3666.


Bad Start Plagues Braves Yet Again in Loss to Storm

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart  - For the second time in as many games, the Saanich Braves surrendered four first period goals, this time en route to an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of the Campbell River Storm in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

On Wednesday, the Braves did the same against the Kerry Park Islanders, however they managed to come back and force that game into overtime, eventually losing 5-4, and securing a point in the process.

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Braves Stumble Against Glacier Kings

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart -  After back-to-back wins against Westshore and Oceanside, the Saanich Braves took a step backwards Friday night, beginning the month of November by suffering a 5-2 loss to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The Braves were playing Friday without some key personnel, including Captain Sam McMullen (on a call-up to the Victoria Grizzlies) and shifty forward Nick Guerra (out with a hand injury suffered last week against Westshore).

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Rud Leads Braves to Shut-Out WIn Over Oceanside

Story by Christian J. Stewart  - Saanich Brave goaltender Matt Rud made 26 saves to lead the Braves to a 2-0 win over the Oceanside Generals in VIJHL action Saturday night at Oceanside Place in Parksville.

The game was a penalty filled affair that saw 229 minutes in penaties in total handed out to both teams, the bulk of which came during a melee at the 17:54 mark of the third period that saw Oceanside's Carl Provencher alone assessed with a double-major for fighting, a major match penalty, a double 10-minute misconduct and a 2 minute instigator penalty. In that same tussle, Brave newcomer Dayne Ellison was assessed a double minor for leaving the bench, a 5-minute major for fighting and a double 10-minute misconduct.

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On the hockey side of things, the Braves would get second period goals from Ellison (his first as a Brave) and Sam McMullen (his 8th on the season) to complete all the scoring that was needed in this one.

Rud, who has now backstopped the Braves to two consecutive wins, would be named first star for his efforts. Oceanside's Evgueni Makarski stopped 23 of 25 shots in the losing effort.

The win moves the Braves to a record of 7-8-1-0 and they move 2 points up on Kerry Park for fourth in the South Division. The Generals, who appear to be the VIJHL "whipping boy" this season, fall to a dismal 2-15-1-0 o the year and sit in last in the North.

Next action for the Braves is this Friday, November 1, when the Braves host Comox Valley at Pearkes Arena. Game time is 6:30 pm.

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