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The Saanich Braves wanted a win Friday night in the worst way. Likewise, the Cougars were not going to walk away without at least a point after losing 2-1 to the Oceanside Generals on Thursday. The teams went into overtime and the score was settled 4-3 by Cougars leading scorer Booker Chacalias.

The teams exchanged goals once in each period – the only problem for the Braves – overtime ends in sudden death.

The Cougars opened the scoring at 13:11 of the first period with a goal by Matthew Clark. The goal was set up by Mateo Albinati. Ryan Okino earned the second assist on the play. At 18:00 Reid Lindsay tied the game for the Braves. Gavin Grewal earned the only assist on the play.

The second period, again, the Cougars scored first with Cameron LeSergent scoring from Spencer Golden at 18:01. Ryan Strange came back 37 seconds later to the tie the game at 2-2. Zach Guerra picked up an assist.

The third period again saw the Cougars score first at 2:15 while on the powerplay with Chacalias’s first goal of the game, only to see the Braves come back one more time at 6:23, shorthanded. Dale McCabe lit the lamp and Jacob King assisted.

The Cougars powerplay goal came on a two-man advantage as Kyle Mace was off for unsportsmanlike conduct. He was sent to the showers with a Game Misconduct penalty. The officials also called a bench penalty. Without that penalty trouble, the game may have had a different result.

At 1:06 of overtime Chacalias ended the game, Ryan Okino earned the only assist on the goal. It was a hard-earned three points for the Cougars.

Chacalias, a star of the game, is a 20-year-old Calgary native; the two-goal performance was a belated birthday gift as he turned 20 on Thursday. So far this season, he has scored 29 times and is credited with 29 assists for 58 points in 40 games played. He is nine points ahead of last year’s pace in four less games. He sits second in the league points race, two points behind Evan Easton of the Kerry Park Islanders.

Shots were 38-37 for the Cougars and the powerplays went 1/9 for the Cougars and 0/5 for the Braves.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 43 31 9 0 98
Buccaneers 41 23 14 0 75
Generals 44 16 23 0 56
Glacier Kings 41 4 35 0 15
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 44 25 11 0 90
Islanders 44 20 15 0 72
Braves 45 18 17 0 68
Wolves 43 15 20 0 56
Panthers 43 13 21 0 52
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
E. Easton (KPI) 43 25 35 60
B. Chacalias (VIC) 40 29 29 58
M. Albinati (VIC) 34 24 26 50
B. Walters (NAN) 40 16 34 50
T. Tiel (KPI) 39 23 26 49
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
J Little (CRS) 13 8 1.91 .917
A de Kok (CRS) 28 22 1.97 .933
C Stevenson (VIC) 24 18 2.12 .925
B Wood (NAN) 12 8 2.25 .910
O Sikkes (VIC) 18 12 2.31 .927
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