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Braves Release 2014-2015 VIJHL Schedule

The Saanich Jr. Braves have announced their 48 game schedule for the 2014-2015 season.

The Braves will begin the new VIJHL season with three straight road games, starting Thursday, September 4th against the League Champion Victoria Cougars at Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt at 7:00 pm.  The Braves then face Westshore on Wednesday, September 10th and the Cougars again on Thursday, September 11th, before returning home for their opener at Pearkes Arena on Friday September 12th at 6:30 pm against the Westshore Wolves.

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The Braves will battle the Victoria Cougars twice in the first three games of the 2014-2015 season, both times at Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt

The Braves will play 7 games in September, 10 in October, 11 in November, 6 in December, 10 in January and 4 in February, with playoffs to follow after that.  In addition to the Braves playing 16 home games in their regular Friday night 6:30 time slot, the team will play 8 Wednesday night home games starting at 7:30 pm, including six Wednesdays in a row beginning October 8th.

The Braves will meet their South Division rivals Victoria, Westshore, Peninsula and Kerry Park eight times each (4 home, 4 away) and will play the North Division teams four times each (2 home and 2 away).  The Braves longest span away from Pearkes Arena will be in January 2015 when they play at home on the Friday the 2nd and then hit the road for 5 straight road games, returning home on Friday the 23rd.  The road games are split however by the 2015 VIJHL All-Star game which will be played in Comox on Sunday January 18th at 1:00 pm.



Former Brave AP DeJong Signed by Portland

The Saanich Braves are pleased to announce that 2013-2014 affiliate player Brendan DeJong has been signed by the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks.

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De Jong, a 6'4", 180-pound defenseman, was a seventh round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft and will join the Winterhawks this season as a 16-year-old. He played for the Pacific Sea Devils Elite 15 team this past season, where he had four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 32 games. He also suited up in five games for the Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

"We're excited that Brendan and his family have chosen the Winterhawks and the WHL as the best place for him to continue his development," said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. "Brendan is a smooth-skating defenseman with tremendous upside. His skating, hockey sense and ability to defend are what we look for in a defenseman. We look forward to watching Brendan grow and emerge as a top flight player for the Winterhawks."


Braves Go Down Fighting, Fall to Comox in OT

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart  - The Saanich Braves battled hard, but a goal from Comox's Duncan Pernal at 2:44 of overtime gave the Glacier Kings a 3-2 win Monday evening in VIJHL playoff action at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The win gave the Glacier Kings a sweep of the opening round VIJHL playoff series four games to none and broke the hearts of the Braves, who had played perhaps their best game in the past two months.



Glacier Kings Overpower Braves 7-2

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart -  The Comox Valley Glacier KIngs used four powerplay goals to cruise to a 7-2 win over the Saanich Braves in Game 2 of their VIJHL playoff series Thursday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The win gives Comox a 2-0 lead in the series with Game 3 scheduled to be back in Comox on Saturday evening.

The Glacier Kings scored early in this one, as just 3:17 in, Dallas Maxwell would walk out from the corner and fire Comox's first shot high glove side on Saanich goaltender Jason Stewart for the 1-0 lead.



Braves Drop Game 1 to Comox 4-1

Story by Christian J. Stewart - The Comox Valley Glacier Kings used three second period goals to skate to a 4-1 win over the Saanich Braves in Game 1 of their VIJHL playoff series in Comox on Tuesday evening.

The score disguises the fact that the Braves, buoyed by the return of Fraser Sutherland, Wade Bartlett, James Sneddon and Garrett Stankoven to the line-up, caused the Glacier Kings a great deal of concern over the first half of the game, holding them to just 5 shots in period one and 10 shots on goal through the mid-point of the second period and also holding a 1-0 lead at the 8:24 mark, when Jake Daughtry walked out of the corner and wristed one past surprise Comox starter Blake Pearson.

That lead would not hold for long however, as at the 9:04 mark, after a big save from Saanich goaltender Jason Stewart, who then looked to have covered the puck with his right pad on the post, Comox's Eric Margo stuffed it home and the game was tied 1-1.

The turning point in the game then came late in that period, when the Glacier Kings scored two quick goals to jump into a 3-1 lead.  First, at 16:56, Dallas Maxwell walked out from behind the net and beat Stewart with a perfect shot to the top corner. 

Just 31 seconds later, Grant Iles sped in off the right wing and went bar down on Stewart, the perfectly placed shot giving the Glacier Kings command of the game.  That score held to the intermission. Shots at the break were 22-10 for Comox.

In the third, the Braves once again defensively stymied the Glacier Kings, holding them once again to just 5 shots on goal, but one of those was a tip by Maxwell of a Taylor Derynck howitzer from the point that gave the Kings some insurance with the 4-1 lead.

The Braves for their part battled hard, but could not put any of their 7 shots past Pearson and the Kings came away with the 4-1 win.  Final shots on goal for the game were 27-17 for Comox.

Saanich Head Coach Brad Cook was optimistic despite the loss. "It was a solid effort by the guys.  Other than the second half of the second period, we stayed with Comox the whole way.  We need to play like that and stay within our structure for the full 60 minutes, have a bit more composure on our odd man chances, and get more pucks to the Comox net and we can have success against them."

Three stars as selected by Comox were Dallas Maxwell (1st), Eric Margo (2nd) and Grant Iles (3rd).

Game 2 in the series goes Thursday night at Pearks Arena in Saanich. Note it is an early start time of 6:00 PM.  

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