Junior Braves pick up first win of season
The Saanich Braves earned its first win of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season, defeating the Oceanside Generals 6-2 on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Pearkes arena.
Nick Guerra scored a hat trick, one in each period, to pace the Braves in the win. Kyle Schnettler, Cam MacKay and Cameron Kovesdi also scored for the Braves.
The win streak ended at one game, as the Braves (2-9-1) fell to the first-place Westshore Wolves on Friday (Oct. 10), 3-1.
Last night (Oct. 15) the Braves picked up their second win, beating the Peninsula Panthers 6-3 at Pearkes.
Kovesdi, who scored his first goal of the season in the win over Oceanside, tallied a hat trick and two assists in the win over the Panthers (0-13-0). The only goal Kovesdi wasn’t in on came from Hunter Atchison in the third period. Dayne Ellison and Ben Meek also scored for the Braves.
The Braves host the Nanaimo Buccaneers Friday, 6:30 p.m. at Pearkes arena.
Midget Braves win Sea Fair tournament
The Saanich Braves midget A boys team won gold at the 12th annual Seafair Ice Breaker Rep Tournament, Oct. 10 to 13 at the Richmond Ice Centre.
Head coach Ian Birnie helped the Braves go undefeated through the tournament, outscoring opponents 18-3 in round-robin play. That set up a semifinal against North Vancouver.
The Braves edged North Vancouver 6-0 to move into Monday’s Thanksgiving final, then defeated Kelowna 6-3 to win gold.