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The Saanich Braves had a great season, finishing first in the South Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and third overall. They pushed the regular season champion Campbell River Storm to seven games during the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy, but in the end succumbed to the powerful Storm, four games to three.
Outshot by a two-to-one margin (46-23), even the stellar goaltending of Riley Mathieson is not going to be enough. Series-long the Storm battered the goaltender like they were playing in a Wild West shooting gallery. The toll after seven games was 348-219.
Saturday, in game 7, the Storm, at home in the rink nicknamed the Brindy won the score of 6-0.
Friday at Pearkes Arena it was a 4-0 Storm win to force game 7.
The Storm scored twice in the first period, three times in the second and once more during the third.
Six different goal scores tallied for the Storm, Darren Hards, Kyle Kaufman, Ryan Butler, Jalen Price, Dawson Frank and Damon Porter.
The Braves had just one powerplay opportunity, while the Storm went 0/3.
The Storm are now back-to-back champions. They are entered into the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Richmond, BC. The tournament will take place in April. The Storm have medalled three of the past four seasons.
They won silver last year.