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The Saanich Braves scored four unanswered goals during the second period as well as one each during both the opening and final frames to defeat the Kerry Park Islanders 6-0 at Pearkes Arena Tuesday night. The win clinched the opening playoff series for the South Division regular season first place finishers.
The Islanders were not making it easy on themselves, taking nine of 10 penalties during the second period alone. The Braves capitalized with three powerplay markers in the middle frame. To rub salt into the wound, they scored a shorthanded marker in the third.
Eighteen-year-old Chemainus product, Bradley Bagnall dug a sizeable hole for himself and the Islanders taking a minor at 9:50, then a five minute major and an automatic game misconduct for contact to the head. He crossed-checked a Braves player from behind near his own goal,
The only Saanich penalty called during the second period was on coincidental minors for roughing between Jordan Strandlund of the Braves and Brandon McClintick with the Islanders at 13:20.
Elliott MacIsaac opened the scoring in the first period. He scored at 14:03 from Dale McCabe and Gavin Grewal.
He scored again at 7:38 of the second on the powerplay. He converted a Trevor Owens pass with a wrister.
Michael Sproule, Zach Guerra and Owens each scored within a span of 8:35 to put the game out of reach.
After two periods, the Braves took 40 shots on Chase Anderson, while the Islanders managed exactly half that amount, 10 in each of the first two periods on Riley Mathieson. In the end the Braves managed a massive 60 shots on Anderson.
The Braves went 3/9 on the man advantage. Kerry Park was 0/4.
In the North Division, the Campbell River Storm dispatched the Peninsula Panthers in five games and the Nanaimo Buccaneers swept the Oceanside Generals in four.