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One-Goal-itis Plagues Braves Again

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - For the fourth time in their last five games, the Saanich Braves came out on the short end of a one-goal hockey game, this time dropping a 3-2 decision to the Oceanside Generals in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The loss spoiled a touching Valentine's night ceremony that was held prior to the game for the Junior Brave's Moms and billet Mom's, as well as a special pre-game ceremony that honoured former Brave and current San Jose Shark, Matt Irwin. The Braves presented Irwin with a framed #44 jersey as well as a banner bearing that number that will be hung from the rafters at Pearkes Arena.

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Braves to Honour Former Player Matt Irwin Friday

The Saanich Braves will pay homage to former player and present San Jose Shark defenceman Matt Irwin in a special ceremony prior to Friday's 6:30 PM game against the Oceanside Generals at Pearkes Arena.  Irwin will be on hand to meet and greet fans prior to the game and to drop the puck in a ceremonial opening face-off.  The night will also honour Valentine's Day by paying respect to the player's Moms and billet Mom's in a special post-game ceremony.  This is the final regular season home game of the season and we invite all fans to come out and support the team and to give Irwin and all the Moms a great reception!



Braves Can't Buy A Break - Fall to Kerry Park in Final Seconds

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - A shorthanded goal by Kerry Park's Eric Mansueti with 17 seconds remaining to play, gave the Islanders a 3-2 win over the Saanich Braves in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

Kerry Park's winning goal was a microcosm of the bad luck that has been plaguing the Braves all season. After a stint in the Kerry Park end, where the Braves powerplay unit almost notched the go-ahead goal, the Islanders cleared the puck down the ice, where Saanich goaltender Jason Stewart came out to play it. At the same time, defenseman Kris Carpentier came back to retrieve it, with Mansueti hot on his heels. Both Brave players hesitated, assuming for a brief second that the other was going to take the puck, and that was all it took for the pressuring Mansueti to chip his way into the mix, pick up the loose puck and somehow slip it past a scrambling Stewart for the winning goal.

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Buccaneers Too Much For Braves to Handle

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart  - The Nanaimo Buccaneers used a five-goal, second period explosion to cruise to an 8-2 win over the Saanich Braves in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The win was the second in a row for the Buc's over the Braves, coming on the heels of a 4-3 win in Nanaimo on Thursday night.

The Braves actually got the jump in this game, outplaying the Buccaneers over the first 5 minutes plus of the game and being rewarded when Jordan Groenhyde blasted a powerplay slap shot past Buc's goaltender Ryan Waldhaus - making his first start since returning from injury - at the 8:58 mark, to give the Braves the 1-0 lead.

The Buccaneers would respond on the ensuing shift however and after Braves starting goaltender Jason Stewart made a save on a tough shot from Jake Calverley, Lee Orpen banged home the rebound at the 9:24 mark to even the score.

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Close But No Cigar - Braves Drop 4-3 Decision to Buc's

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - David Osborne's goal at the 11:22 mark of the third period was the game winner as the Nanaimo Buccaneers skated to a 4-3 won over the Saanich Braves in VIJHL action Thursday night in Nanaimo.   The win was the Buccaneers second in the last three games but just their third in a tough January. It did not come easy however, as the Buccaneers at one point held a 3-0 lead only to see the scrappy Braves tie it up early in the third, before Osborne's heroics saved the day.

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