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The Saanich Braves had a taste of first place in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s South Division earlier this season and have wanted it back. Wednesday, they did just that by taking down the Westshore Wolves at The Q! Centre, winning by the score of 6-1.

It is tight in the South Division, with the Victoria Cougars, Wolves and Braves all spending time at the top this season.

Don’t blink, but currently, the Braves, who have played one extra game over the Cougars, have a one-point lead. The Wolves and Kerry Park Islanders sit back another six points and the Peninsula Panthers are another three back with 41.

The Braves threw 38 shots at goaltenders Jordan Spandli (40:00) and Luke Sheldrake (20:00), while the Wolves countered with 35.

Trevor Owens and Kyle Mace led the way for Saanich with three points each. Owens set up all three goals for Mace who earned the hat-trick. Mace also scored the game-winner, which came early at 2:34 of the second period. He scored another 13 seconds later.

Gavin Grewal opened the scoring at 10:55 of the first period on the powerplay; it was the only goal of the first. Dale McCabe and Ryan Strange assisted.

Tyler Stinchcombe scored the only goal for the Wolves at 11:53 of the third to end Riley Matheison’s shutout bid.

The Braves went 2/9 on the man advantage, while the Wolves went 0/6.

Don’t look now; the Victoria Cougars are hosting the last-place Peninsula Panthers at the Archie Browning Arena. With a win, Victoria would leapfrog over Saanich to take over first place again.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Buccaneers 35 27 7 0 55
Storm 34 26 6 2 54
Generals 35 14 17 1 32
Glacier Kings 35 4 30 0 9
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Braves 36 19 14 1 41
Cougars 35 19 14 1 40
Wolves 35 16 17 1 34
Islanders 36 15 17 0 34
Panthers 35 15 19 0 31
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