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This was to be the Nanaimo Buccaneers’ year. They started off in the right direction by taking over first place in the North Division from the Campbell River Storm; an unusual position for both teams, to be sure.

The Saanich Braves need the wins, to rise from the cacophony of a virtual four-way tie for second place in the South Division. Two points separate the four teams.

Wolves 21 12 8 0 25
Braves 21 9 11 0 19
Cougars 17 9 8 0 18
Islanders 19 8 10 0 17
Panthers 19 8 10 0 17

Fri. Nov. 10, the teams clashed at Pearkes Arena for a tilt that would knock the Buccaneers off course and allow the surging Storm to rise to the top of the North Division.

The Braves, celebrating their 50th anniversary year won by the score of 4-0 by pelting the Buccaneers with a massive 55 shots.

Zach Guerra scored twice – the middle goals – one at 15:27 of the second and again at 4:20 of the third. Evan Abgrall had opened the scoring and Michael Sproule closed it with an unassisted marker at 9:25.

Trevor Owens and Jordan Strandlund picked up two assists each.

The Braves wanted this win and came out firing taking 22 shots during the first period to set the tone. Riley Mathieson got the doughnut for Saanich, facing 33 Nanaimo shots.

Both teams failed to score on the man advantage going 0/5 and 0/7 respectively, on the night.

The Braves move into second place in the South Division, but it is a precarious spot to be sure. With the Nanaimo loss and the Storm dusting the Peninsula Panthers (9-2), the Storm are in their old familiar spot of first overall.


Storm 21 16 4 1 33
Buccaneers 20 16 4 0 32
Generals 20 7 10 1 17
Glacier Kings 20 3 16 0 7

The Peninsula Panthers have an opportunity to bounce back and redeem themselves Wednesday night as they visit the Westshore Wolves at The Q Centre in Colwood. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm. Meanwhile, the Victoria Cougars, who have four games in-hand on the Braves, and sit just one point back, will face the Oceanside Generals Thursday in Esquimalt’s Archie Browning Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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