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The Victoria Cougars and the Saanich Braves are tied for first place in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s South Division with 21 points after 16 games each. The Braves have gone 10-5-1-0, while the Cougars have a record of 9-4-0-3. Tonight the Braves have the opportunity to take sole position of first place as they host the Oceanside Generals.
The Generals occupy last place in the North Division with a record of 4-9-0-1. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 PM at Pearkes Arena.
The game will also serve as an opportunity for Nick Guerra to break out of his slump. The Braves player currently leads the league in scoring with 31 points over 16 games. He has scored 22 goals and assisted on nine others. Teammate Dale McCabe sits second in league scoring with 24 points.
The Braves are not just about scoring, their goaltender Bryce Schiebel has the second best goals against average (G.A.A) in the league at a stingy 2.19 and the league lead in save percentage at .931 and a win-loss record of 4-2-1-0-0.
The Braves are coming off of a 3-3 tie to the Westshore Wolves on Wednesday.
The Braves and Cougars are two and five points behind the North Division Comox Valley Glacier Kings and Campbell River Storm for the league lead, respectively.
The Storm host the Nanaimo Buccaneers tonight, then visit the Oceanside Generals Saturday, while the Glacier Kings host the Peninsula Panthers tomorrow night.