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Saanich Braved the Storm, but in the end succumbed 9-1 to end their 2016 post-season play during the first round of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s playoffs.

The Saanich Braves drew one of the two best teams in the league, the Campbell River Storm, who finished first in the north division with a record of 38-6-2 to finish second overall. In the south division, the first place Cougars won the league’s regular season with a sterling record of 41-5-1.

The Storm blew past the Braves 9-1 in game six of the series. Captain Jack Rachwalski scored the only goal that the Braves could muster.

The Braves did win two of the six games, the second on the road by a score of 3-1 in Campbell River on Tuesday. But the Storm in the end were just too powerful. The Braves’ season records was a very modest 12-29-2.

Rachwalski finished his Junior B hockey-playing career with four goals and two assists in six playoff games for the 2016 post season and had earned a total of 10 playoff points in 12 games including last year.

The powerful Victoria Cougars wasted absolutely no time in preying on and devouring the Kerry Park Islanders in four consecutive games. Next up for the Cougars are the Panthers, the two cat-named combatants will scrap it out for the south division title. The Panthers are fresh off a wolf kill, having sent the Westshore Wolves packing in six games. The Wolves put up a fight with the three of the games decided by just one goal.

The Nanaimo Buccaneers now face the Storm. The Buccaneers loaded the Comox Valley Glacier King’s net with 11 goals in the final game of their series.

Beginning on April 7, The Cougars will host the provincial championship Fred “Cyclone” Taylor Cup.

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