Nick Guerra. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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Former National Hockey League Coach Glen Sather once said, “The best defence is a good offence.”

So it was poignant that the Saanich Braves pelted the Peninsula Panthers with a total of 44 shots in their own building, to defeat them handily by the score of 11-0.

The Braves, with the Victoria Cougars breathing down their necks in the South Division, shot the lights out of the Panorama Recreation Centre tonight. They showed up and although they scored 11 times their goaltender Bryce Schiebel earned first star honours for getting the shutout.

The Panthers with a record of 2-15-0-3 are in trouble right now. They occupy last place in the league and an 11-0 beating at home isn’t the effort a Coach wants out of his last place team.

The Braves are looking to usurp the Cougars who are having another strong season, but may not be as good as they were last year, where they thoroughly dominated the league.

In scoring the Braves are led by Nick Guerra, who leads the league in points with 39, after getting five more tonight including a hat-trick.

Six Braves earned three or more points on the night including Dale McCabe with one goal and two assists. Brandon Fushimi, Evan Horvath and Gavin Grewal each had two goals and one assist. Quinton Waitzner assisted on three goals.

Twelve different Braves players earned a point on the night.

The Braves were 1/5 on the powerplay, while the Panthers had four man advantages.

Schiebel made 23 saves for the shutout while Shawn Parkinson faced 36 shots and saved 27 of them. He was replaced by Michael Waite who played 13:41. He saved six of eight shots.

The Braves are now five points up on the Cougars; however, the Cougars have two games in-hand.

The Braves next play Thursday November 10th against the Cougars at Archie Browning rink. The Panthers need to turn things around now, are up against the Nanaimo Buccaneers next weekend, a sub-500 team; perhaps the tonic they need to turn the team around.

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