Story by Braves Junior Reporter Mike Beelby - The Saanich Braves continued their dominance Friday night at Pearkes Arena with a 7-2 victory over the Nanaimo Buccaneers, extending their winning streak to four games and improving their record to 7-1. The Braves were lead by Tanner McGaw with 29 saves, Seamus Maguire with a goal and two assists, Josh McGladery with 4 goals (no typo) and an assist and Ty Jones with goal and a pair of assists.
Starting off the scoring quick, 1:49 into the game, it was Josh McGladery who was left alone in the slot and received a Sam Johnston pass and made no mistake burying it off the iron and into the net. Second assist to Seamus Maguire. Then adding to the lead, it was Kevin Massy with a point shot that was going wide but captain Ty Jones redirected it past Bucs' goalie Riley Medves 8:06 into the game.
It was 4-0 after twenty, but with the third goal it was Josh McGladery's second as he jammed at a loose puck in the slot and eventually snuck it by Medves low, assists again to Johnston and Maguire. The fourth was rookie Maguire's first goal as a Junior Brave as he scored on a very, very sharp angle and somehow banked it off of Medves' back and it ricocheted off of the crossbar and trickled in, collecting the apples were McGladery and Jordan Groenheyde. The shots were 12 for the Braves and 8 for the visiting Bucs' who couldnt beat Braves starter McGaw who leads the league in wins (7), save % (.937) and GAA (1.95).
The Braves came out weak in the second, and took 11 minutes worth of penalties, and it cost them, as it allowed Nanaimo to crawl back into the game. On the 5:00 powerplay Bucs' forward Will McNamara came in on a two-on-one and decided to go for a deke and tucked it between the legs of McGaw for the first goal on McGaw in 7 periods, Garrett Dunlop with the helper.
The Braves ran into bad luck as Derian Hamilton took a slapshot from the point and it deflected off of a Saanich players body and into the net behind McGaw to conclude the second period, 4-2 Braves. Dunlop and McNamara adding the assists. The shots were 13 for each side in the middle frame.
The third was all Braves, as Josh McGladery beat Medves as he took a pass from Jones and instantly it was in the net for the fifth Braves goal, extra assist to Josh Gray. Then 'Glads' scored his fourth of the night, and the Braves sixth, as he was set up very nicely by Jones who made a sweet pass and McGladery shelfed it on the ceiling of the net, deserving the second assist was Gray again.
Four minutes later on the powerplay, on a rookies only powerplay, newcomer Nate Wade made a pass to defencemen Kevin Massy who let a bomb go off at the point where Cody Short eventually buried his first as a Brave.
The shots were 12-10 Braves in the third, and in total they outshot the Buc's 37-31.
The three stars were announced as: 1st star - Josh McGladery (4 goals, 1 assist) 2nd star - Tanner McGaw (29 saves) 3rd star - Seamus Maguire (1 goal, 2 assists)
The Braves travel north Sunday afternoon to challenge the Kerry Park Islanders. Puck drops at 3:00pm.