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The Saanich Braves came from behind in their playoff series against the Nanaimo Buccaneers to win the series in seven games. The Buccaneers had got off to a two-game lead to start the series, but Saanich won three of the final four including Sunday’s 5-2 in Nanaimo.
The Braves will now take on the Campbell River Storm. The Series starts in Campbell River at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena; it is a tough arena to play in.
Sunday, the Braves got off to a hot start scoring three first period goals. Jake Wilhelm, Zach Guerra and Dale McCabe tallied at 1:12, 3:41 and 16:56 respectively. McCabe’s goal came on the powerplay.
McCabe’s marker was scored while Coleman Doney was in the box for interference. It took the Braves just 17 seconds to convert.
Nanaimo scored the only goals of the second period, late. At 14:11 and at 19:25 while on the powerplay, Booker Chacalias and Clayton Peace got the home team back in the game. The teams skated to their dressing rooms after two periods of play with the Braves up 3-2.
The third period was a stalemate until the Buccaneers were forced to pull their goaltender Derek Krall in favour of the extra attacker. The Braves capitalized twice, one at 19:10 and again at 19:50. Elliott MacIsaac and Cameron LeSergent scored to salt the game and the series away.
Riley Mathieson stopped 39 of 41 shots, while Krall faced a total of 25, stopping 22.
The powerplays both went 1/3 on the night.
The Vancouver Island Junior League final will start Tuesday night.