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As the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League woke from its long holiday slumber and the teams got back into action, some unexpected game results took place during the first few days of January.

For example, the slumping Saanich Braves trounced the Westshore Wolves at The Q Centre in Colwood by the score of 8-0 on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd. The Oceanside Generals upset the Nanaimo Buccaneers in Nanaimo 4-3. The Wolves came back and took out the South division-leading Victoria Cougars 3-0. Some teams sought to revenge the next day.

Other scores include the Buccaneers with a comeback game of their own in Saanich at Pearkes Arena winning 5-4 on Friday. The Campbell River Storm, as expected, overwhelmed the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 6-2. It seems the home teams got the short end of the holiday stick as the Peninsula Panthers lost at Panorama to the Kerry Park Islanders 5-2 on Friday.

Seven different goal scorers tallied for the Braves in their tilt with the Wolves on Thursday.

Leading the way was Jack Groves who scored twice and added an assist for a three-point night. Dale McCabe picked up two points as did Will Wright, Jake Wilhelm and Reid Lindsay.

Jarrod Lucoe scored the opening goal at 5:11 of the first period, which turned out to be the game-winner. Graeme Gerry and Jack Groves earned assists on the play.

The only powerplay marker of the game was scored by Zach Guerra at 18:45 of the first period, to send the teams to the dressing rooms with the game at 3-0.

Saanich didn’t fare as well the next night at Pearkes Arena although they took a solid 44 shots on goaltender Spencer Deakin; they lost 5-4.

James Vince opened the scoring at 4:59 of the first period, but Joshua Zary would get that one back at 8:06, unassisted.

The Buccaneers would outscore the Braves 3-2 during the second period – they traded goals in the first and third with the game-winner coming at 12:04 from the stick of Brendan Rogers; Braydon Nelson assisting.

Anderson Violette would take the loss in net for Saanich with his 28-save performance.

The difference in the game was Nanaimo’s powerplay that went ¾ on the night, while Saanich went 0/3.

At the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River, the Storm would blast Comox Valley goaltender Matthias Smith with 48 shots and Zack Trempner would score a hat-trick to lead the Storm to their 6-2 win.

Trempner, from Lethbridge, AB, is an 18-year-old forward in his first season with the Storm. So far this season he has 10 goals and 5 assists in 28 games played.

Desperate for a win, the second-to-last-place Panthers would fire 48 shots at Kerry Park goaltender Rett Rook but to no avail. He stopped all but two.

The Islanders opened the game with three consecutive goals scored in the first 16:13 of the game. Romaeo D’Intinio would open the scoring and notch two in the period including the game-winner.

It was a special teams game as both of the Panthers goals came on the man-advantage, while the Islanders went 1/6, but also scored a shorthanded marker at 18:19 of the second period from Tanner Tiel – it was the only goal of the period.

Chris Akerman would take the loss in net for the Panthers with his 25-save performance.

Saturday there are three games with the Cougars visiting the Oceanside Generals at 7:00 pm. The Cougars may be a nasty opponent after losing 3-0 to the Wolves. The Braves visit the Comox Valley Glacier Kings at 7:30 pm and the Storm are in Mill Bay to visit the Kerry Park Islanders at 7:30 pm.

No games are scheduled for Sunday.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 34 24 8 0 75
Buccaneers 30 18 10 0 57
Generals 36 12 20 0 43
Glacier Kings 34 4 28 0 15
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 34 21 9 0 70
Islanders 34 18 12 0 59
Braves 34 15 12 0 56
Panthers 35 10 17 0 41
Wolves 33 11 17 0 40
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
E. Easton (KPI) 33 20 24 44
B. Chacalias (VIC) 30 21 22 43
J. Zary (NAN) 27 21 17 38
I. Leik (KPI) 33 17 21 38
G. Grewal (SAN) 34 13 24 37
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
B Wood (INACT) 6 5 1.34 .938
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
O Sikkes (VIC) 12 8 1.84 .942
J Little (CRS) 11 7 1.99 .915
A de Kok (CRS) 21 15 2.07 .930
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