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The Saanich Braves recently commandeered first place in the South Division and added to the lead Friday night, when they defeated the Comox Valley Glacier Kings by the score of 4-3.

Taking an extremely high volume of shots (56) through 60-minutes, the Braves, left nothing to chance. As the old adage goes, throw the puck at the net.

Trevor Owens opened the scoring for the Braves at 6:53 of the first period. Assisting on the goal were Jordan Strandlund and Michael Sproule. Two-minutes and five seconds later, the Glacier Kings tied it up with a marker from Jory Swanson from Praveen Dhaliwal.

On the powerplay, early in the second period Owens was at it again, scoring at 1:39. Sproule earned the only assist on the goal. Less than three minutes later Strandlund scored to put the Braves up 3-1. Owens earned the only assist – the line was hot out of the gate.

The Glacier Kings scored two in the third to make a game of it; however, Saanich’s Dale McCabe scored a powerplay marker at 15:54 from Zach Guerra and Jake Wilhelm.

Jordan Neufeld and Finn Withey had scored for the Glacier Kings.

Noah Giesbrecht stopped 52 of 56 shots for the Glacier Kings but took the loss in a strong effort. Chris Combiadakis stopped 24 of 27 for the Braves for the win.

The Braves went 2/6 on the man advantage, while the Glacier Kings failed to capitalize on their six opportunities.

Elsewhere in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, the Peninsula Panthers are continuing to win, this time with a 3-2 victory over the Kerry Park Islanders and the Campbell River Storm won 6-2 over the Oceanside Generals.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Buccaneers 41 32 7 0 66
Storm 40 29 6 4 63
Generals 41 16 20 1 37
Glacier Kings 40 4 35 0 9
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Braves 41 22 15 2 48
Cougars 41 21 17 2 45
Islanders 42 18 19 0 41
Panthers 41 19 21 0 39
Wolves 39 17 20 1 36
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