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The Saanich Braves and the Nanaimo Buccaneers were not fooling around Saturday night at Pearkes Arena during the third game of their VIJHL playoff series. Faced with being down two-games-to-nothing, Saanich got themselves back into the series with a little help from Nanaimo, in a demonstrative 6-1 win.
The Braves took a whopping 50 shots on Derek Krall and Blake Wood and Kyle Mace scored a powerplay hat-trick in leading the home team to the win.
Mace, a 19-year-old Victoria native opened the scoring at 6:26 of the first with a powerplay marker that was setup by Dale McCabe and Jake Wilhelm. Nanaimo came back at 19:16 to tie the score at 1-1. Mathieu Jallabert scored from Jayden and Schubert, but that is all she wrote for Nanaimo, as the Braves dominated with five unanswered goals, two more from Mace and one each from Trevor Owens with the only goal of the second period.Wilhelm, and Elliott MacIsaac also scored.
Wilhelm ended up with four points 1g 3a, while Mace added an assist to also collect a total of four points.
Riley Mathieson stopped 26 of 27 shots in net for Saanich.
The Braves held the Buccaneers to 0/9 on the powerplay, but it was the refs and Nanaimo’s trademark chippy style – that forced the refs to give – an unusual 17 powerplay opportunities to Saanich.
In a 60-minute game, Nanaimo played short-handed for more than half of the game.
The official’s message to Nanaimo is to clean up their act. They were called for harassment of an official, head contact twice, roughing, cross-checking, and slew-footing and earned several misconducts.
Monday, the series returns to Pearkes with a 7:30 pm puck drop.