By Devon Gall
Coming into the last week of the Vancouver Island Junior B Hockey League’s regular season, the Saanich Junior Braves will play their final four league games.
At home at Pearkes Arena, the Braves host the Campbell River Storm Friday, Feb. 6, and the Westshore Wolves the following Friday, Feb. 13. Puck drop is at 6:30 p.m.
Joining the Junior Braves at Pearkes tonight (Friday, Feb. 6), the Saanich Braves Midget AA team continues its playoff run. In recognition of both games, the Junior Braves are hosting a special minor hockey promotion with tickets just $5 for adults and $3 for students. Purchasing a ticket to the Jr. Braves will give you access to watch both great games. Remember, though: Saanich Minor Hockey players always get in free wearing their SMHA jersey.
The Midget AA Braves are 2-0 in playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies, and a heavy-handed 8-3 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Braves host the Victoria Ice Hawks Friday at 7:05 p.m. on the Green Rink while the Junior Braves are on the Gold rink. On Sunday, Feb. 8, the Midget squad travels to Panorama Rec Centre to take on Peninsula at 12:25 p.m.
It’s a quieter weekend on the University of Victoria campus. The Vikes swimming team will be in action for the SFU Dual, hosted at Commonwealth Pool on Sunday, Feb. 8.
UVic’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will be out of town this weekend, playing a weekend series at Brandon University. The Vikes will be back in town the next weekend however, when they play their last two games of the regular season against Trinity Western – also the final two games at McKinnon Gym.
While the Vikes are in Manitoba, the Camosun Chargers men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in town this weekend. The Chargers host Langara College for games tonight, Friday, Feb. 6 at PISE, with the women starting at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m. Saturdays games begin at 1 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men.
Because the Camosun basketball teams are in town this weekend, the men’s and women’s volleyball teams will be on the Mainland for their respective weekend double header at Capilano College. The squad will be back in town the following weekend however to host the College of the Rockies Feb. 14 and 15.
The high school hardwood heats up after a quieter exam week. Starting tonight, (Friday, Feb. 6), the Spectrum senior boys host Belmont for a 2 p.m. game while Claremont’s senior boys visit Mount Douglas and Lambrick Park visits Oak Bay, both for 7:30 p.m. starts. Following the long weekend, the Lambrick Park senior girls host Pacific Christian School at 5:45 p.m., and the Lambrick Park boys visit Saint Michaels University School, tipping off at 5:30 p.m. PCS Div. 2 boys host Edward Milne, Mt. Doug is at Oak Bay and Claremont is at Belmont, all starting at 7:30 p.m. On Feb. 11, the St. Andrew’s Div. 2 boys visit Reynolds at 7:30 p.m. while their girls visit St. Margaret’s at 5:45 p.m. PCS boys also host Parklands at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 has just three senior games on the calendar, Glenlyon Norfolk School girls head to Claremont for their 5:45 p.m. start, while the SMUS boys visit Belmont and the Lambrick Park boys host Oak Bay, both 7:30 p.m.
Saanich Little League parks, offering baseball for ages three through 13, and softball for ages five through 18, will be open for registration Feb. 7 and 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the park clubhouses. The Challenger league, for mentally and physically challenged youth who want to experience the full benefits of Little League is available at Hampton and Lakehill Little League.
Gordon Head at Lambrick baseball registration is also open for online registration – visit www.gordonheadbaseball.org for details.
The final tryout session for the Midget AAA Eagles also runs this Sunday, Feb. 8, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Bay Rec Centre. Contact Manager Don Wiebe for more information at 250-883-5528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
– Devon Gall is an avid sports fan and athlete attending Grade 12 at Mount Douglas secondary school. Contact him at email@example.com.