Saanich Braves defenceman Devin Fraser checks Nanaimo Buccaneers opponent Brandon Roberge during Thursday’s VIJHL playoff game at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Buccaneers beat Braves to take back edge in series

Game 6 will be Friday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at George Pearkes Arena

One team will try to advance, the other will try to avoid elimination.

The Nanaimo Buccaneers beat the Saanich Braves by a 7-3 score on Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre in Game 5 of the VIJHL semifinals and the Bucs now lead the best-of-seven series three games to two.

“Everyone was pulling their weight which is what we need every single night,” said Brandon Roberge, who scored two goals for Nanaimo.

The Bucs got the start they were looking for in Game 5, blitzing the Braves and taking a 4-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Braves made it 5-3 going into the third, but the Bucs were in control and scored twice more to ice the victory.

“That first period, that’s as good as we’ve come out all year…” said Curtis Toneff, Buccaneers coach. “I thought we just dialled down and stayed disciplined in the third and looked like a team that was comfortable with the puck, with the lead, which is important at this time of year.”

Roberge had an assist to go with his goals and other Nanaimo scorers were Joshua Zary, Wyatt Selva, Seamus O’Toole, Noah Kelly and Billy Walters. Derek Krall made 30 saves for the win.

For the Braves, Gavin Grewal, Michael Sproule and Ryan Strange scored and Riley Mathieson made 36 saves in defeat.

The series now moves back to Saanich, where the Braves are tough in their own building.

“We’ve had great periods there, it’s just about putting together a full 60 minutes of hard work,” Toneff said. “It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be an oil painting.”

GAME ON … The Bucs and Braves face off Friday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at George Pearkes Arena. Game 7, if necessary, would be back at the NIC on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.



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