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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.


Captain Courageous Carries Braves to OT Win Over Wolves

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart - Saanich Brave Captain Sam McMullen scored at the 45 second mark of the second overtime period to give the Saanich Braves a 3-2 comeback win over the Westshore Wolves in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.

The letter "C" on a hockey player's chest, as we all know, stands for "Captain." It is bestowed on a player at the start of the season who the other players and the coaches feel will be the team leader, both on and off the ice.

The letter "C" in this instance also stands for a number of other things, for it is the Captain of a hockey team who is expected to play CONSISTENTLY night in and night out, be COURAGEOUS in every situation, show no fear and be willing to battle his opponents every shift, be a person of good CHARACTER, and be a person who can CARRY a team on his back when the going gets tough.

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