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The Westshore Wolves, lagging in the standings with a record of 8-13-2-1 need to start winning at their earliest convenience, like yesterday would be a good time. So they did, defeating the formidable Saanich Braves by the score of 4-3.
The Braves were without the services of the league-leader in goals and points, Nick Guerra, who has 52 points in 24 games, 11 more than the next player.
The Wolves, who sit second-to-last in the South Division and third-to-last overall have been near .500 this season and have either beaten some good teams or played very well. Their record does not reflect their solid play.
Wednesday night, facing the Braves at The Q Centre in Colwood, the Wolves got the first two goals of the game at 15:27 of the first and 10:06 of the second to take a 2-0 lead and put themselves in position to control the outcome.
The opening goal was scored by Tyler Carpendale. He was set up by Parker Ellis and Jake Watson.
Jordan Guiney scored the second goal, which was set up by Brandon Tutte.
Within one-minute and 33 second span the lead evaporated with goals by Gavin Grewal and Evan Horvath right at a momentum-shifting time in the game 18:03 and 19:36 of the second. The score was tied 2-2, going into the third period.
The Wolves, not wanting to let the game get away from them hit goaltender Riley Matheson with 14 shots during the third. The tactic proved to work. At 3:33 and 15:46 Keegan Durrance and Guiney scored a goal each to restore the two-goal lead for Westshore. Now it was a matter of hanging on to the lead.
Saanich put the scare into Westshore with a goal at 18:41, it was Dale McCabe with his second point of the night, from Scott Henderson and Gavin Yee, but it was too little, too late as Guiney’s second goal proved to be the winner. For his efforts he earned first star honours.
Tutte led both teams with three assists on the night.
Both teams went 0/3 on the powerplay. The shots ended up 34-24 for the Wolves. Jordan Spandli earned the win for the Wolves.
There is no rest for the big bad Wolves, as they are at it again, against the Victoria Cougars tonight at 7:00 PM at Pearkes Arena. The prowling Cougars currently lead the South Division and occupy second place overall. Only the Campbell River Storm have a better record.