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The Saanich Braves continue to find ways to win this season, going 10-0-1-1 after 12 games. They have yet to be beaten in regulation time. The only loss they suffered was during a Sunday matinee game at home to the Peninsula Panthers after defeating the Oceanside Generals the night before in Parksville 6-2.

Regardless, they fired 44 shots at goaltender Connor McKillop, but he was stone-cold all game.

Friday, the Braves were again taken into overtime this time by the Kerry Park Islanders, but they prevailed by the score of 4-3.

Jake Wilhelm got the winner at 2:15, from Dale McCabe.

Asked what is the key to the newfound success coach and general manager Sam Waterfield said, “I think our start has a lot to do with the core group we were able to return this season. The guys are hungry from last year and been eager since day 1 of camp.”

Jarrod Lucoe opened the scoring at 34 seconds of the second period, from Nash Kellett. The Braves went up 2-0 at 9:39, with a shorthanded marker from Cameron LeSergent. Jacob King earned the only assist.

The Islanders, who entered the game with a 4-6-0-1 record were determined. They scored two more at 6:52 and 19:13 of the third period. Isaac Leik and Tanner Tiel scored.

The game looked to be over. It appeared that the Islanders were going to be the first team to beat the Braves in regulation time this season; however, 18-year-old Ryan Strange took matters into his own hands and scored an unassisted marker with just 25 seconds remaining on the clock, to send the game into overtime.

“Kerry Park has been through a lot as a team, they have grown close and come out and compete for one another every night,” said Waterfield. “They have good goaltending. I wasn’t surprised at all by their game last night. In this league, any team has a chance to win every night.”

Rett Rook took the loss in goal for the Islanders. He stopped 35 of 39 shots that were fired his way. Connor Cheyne earned the win between the pipes for the Braves stopping 24 of 27 shots.

Given the record, asked if the roster is settled Waterfield said, “Rosters can change whenever in junior hockey and nothing is set in stone until January 10th, but we are happy with our line up right now obviously with the growth and our record.”

The 18-year-old Victoria-raised goaltender only played one game last season. He now sports a 5-1-1 record. Cheyne has a 2.29 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

The Islanders went 0/3 on the powerplay, while the Braves were 0/2.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 11 8 3 0 24
Buccaneers 12 7 4 0 23
Generals 11 5 6 0 15
Glacier Kings 12 0 12 0 0
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Braves 12 10 0 0 33
Cougars 11 6 4 0 20
Panthers 13 4 5 0 17
Islanders 12 4 6 0 15
Wolves 12 3 7 0 12
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
M. Albinati (VIC) 12 10 13 23
J. Zary (NAN) 12 12 5 17
G. Grewal (SAN) 12 7 10 17
C. LeSergent (SAN) 12 5 12 17
M. Brown (VIC) 12 8 8 16
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
C LePage (KPI) 4 4 1.36 .964
B Wood (NAN) 5 4 1.61 .925
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
C Stevenson (VIC) 6 5 1.86 .929
J Sweet (OCE) 7 3 2.03 .925
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