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The Nanaimo Buccaneers handed the Saanich Braves their third loss during their seven-game playoff series. One more and they are done, but the good news is, they play at Pearkes Arena, at home, next.
The final score was 7-3.
Nanaimo got down to business early taking a big 21 shots during the first period resulting in establishing a commanding 4-0 lead.
Sixteen-year-old Nanaimo native Joshua Zary opened the scoring at 5:10, Wyatt Silva, Seamus O’Toole and Noah Kelly each scored at 7:33, 14:38 and 19:03 respectively. O’Toole’s was a powerplay marker. Michael Sproule was penalized at 13:40 for high-sticking for four minutes.
The Braves made a game of it during the second period coming back with three goals. Gavin Grewal scored at 5:30, 32 seconds later it was Sproule, making up for his double-minor during the first and at 18:28 Ryan Strange buried a powerplay marker. Billy Walters was serving two for tripping.
The Buccaneers scored a backbreaker at 17:49, short-handed. Brandon Roberge scored from O’Toole.
At 9:16 of the third and then at 13:19 Walters and Roberge both scored, to put the game out of reach.
Six different Buccaneers scored with 20-year-old Nanaimo resident Roberge leading the way with two goals and one assist.
Derek Krall stopped 30 of 33 shots, while Riley Mathieson stopped 36 of 43 and Chris Combiadakis stopped the only shot he faced in the 4:58 of time spent in the game.
The Braves powerplay went 1/3, while the Buccaneers went ¼.
The teams meet again at Pearkes Arena Friday with a 6:30 pm scheduled puck drop.