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The Saanich Braves are off to a hot start of this 2016-2017 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (Junior B) season with their record of 5-1-0.
The Braves sit atop the South Division and the entire league with their 10 points. Like last year the North Division leaders are the Campbell River Storm who currently boasts a record of 4-1.
In all fairness Saanich has simply played more games with six while most teams have played four or five. Last year’s South Division and league winners were the Victoria Cougars. They currently have a record of 2-1-0-1; it’s early.
The Braves win percentage is first overall at .833.
Nick Guerra of the Braves currently leads the league in scoring with an outrageous 14 goals and five assists for 19 points in those six games. Second in league scoring is team-mate Dale McCabe with four goals and 10 assists.
Saturday, September 10th the Braves visited Campbell River and the two teams preceded to shoots the lights out of the Rod Brind’Amour Arena, resulting in an 8-7 win for the Braves, handing the Storm their only loss so far this season.
The Storm had lived up to their name and got out to a 3-0 lead during the first period.
McCabe and Guerra potted two each in the third to lead the comeback. The Braves needed to outscore the Storm 5-2 during the final frame to win.
It appears that the Braves can win any way they want as they walked into Oceanside Place in Parksville to visit the Generals on the 17th and stole a victory, scoring three times on a mere 20 shots, while the Generals laced Bryce Schiebel with 47 shots. Schiebel earned first star honours for his effort only allowing in three goals.
The night before, the Nanaimo Buccaneers visited Saanich but were overwhelmed by Guerra who proceeded to score a hat-trick during the first period alone, to lead the Braves to a 4-0 first period and a 6-3 win.
Friday, September 23rd they will host the Victoria Cougars at Pearkes Arena. The Cougars will have played their second consecutive game after hosting the Kerry Park Islanders. Friday’s game should be an exciting match-up. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:35 PM.