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To the victor belong the spoils, was a phrase turned by Senator William Learned Marcy, but he never considered for a second battle to take place the very next day.
After an overtime win over the Saanich Braves – a little slaying of the dragon – at the Archie Browning Arena, Thursday night, the Victoria Cougars visited the Campbell River Storm Friday and lost by the score of 5-1.
At the same time, the Braves were visited by the first place Nanaimo Buccaneers Friday. The first and second place North Division teams against the first and second place South Division teams. Saanich trounced the Buccaneers by the score of 8-3.
From vengeance to victory, the Braves threw 45 shots at goaltenders Blake Wood (who was credited with the loss) and backup Derek Krall.
Jayden Schubert opened the scoring at 4:21 of the first period. Dylan Hartl earned the only assist on the play; it was the only goal of the first period.
The Braves lit up the Buccaneers during the second period scoring seven times, five times on the powerplay. Michael Sproule earned a hat-trick during the second scoring his 15, 16 and 17th goals of the season.
He added a fourth during the third period at 18:41. Zach Guerra earned the only assist on the goal. He scored once and added a second assist. Trevor Owens earned four assists to lead the Braves along with Sproule’s four goals.
The Buccaneers got into penalty trouble. They played shorthanded a whopping 15 times, giving up five powerplay goals and were held to 1/6 on their man advantages.
Riley Mathieson earned the win for Saanich stopping 31 of 34 shots.
With the Storm win against the Cougars and the Buccaneers loss to the Braves, the Storm took over first place with two games remaining in the season. The Braves increased their lead over the Cougars in the South Division. With three games remaining in their seasons, there are five points separating them.