McTavish moves from Peninsula Panthers to Saanich Braves in trade for cash.


Which team will show up Halloween night at Pearkes Arena, the scary Saanich Braves who started the season with a 10-1-1 record or the Saanich team that has lost three straight starting with a ghoulish 7-4 loss at home to the Westshore Wolves on October 19th? The streak includes a 3-1 beating as well as a horrific 8-4 loss to the Victoria Cougars and Kerry Park Islanders respectfully.

Part of the problem has been their injury-riddled defenders; however, Saanich did make a deal to bolster team defence by adding 18-year-old Brendan McTavish from the Peninsula Panthers for cash Tuesday, Oct. 30.

“The Braves were banged up on the back end and we had eight,” said Pete Zubersky via Peninsula Panthers statement.  “Brendan was sitting out some games and he really needed to be playing.  MacT does not have to move anywhere and there are a couple of his mates from the Midget team last season playing in Saanich right now.  I think it will be a pretty easy transition for him when he walks into their room for the first time.  He is a really solid puck-moving defenceman and it was really tough to see him go.”

Wednesday, they are up against the Wolves again and will be seeking revenge on their 7-4 nightmare loss in the same building – The Q Centre – from nearly two weeks before.

In the case of the 7-4 loss to the Wolves, they ran into a hot goaltender in Jordan Spandli. The Braves peppered him with 52 shots; however, he put up a brick wall stopping 48 of them.

Again, not for a lack of trying, the Braves outshot the Cougars 41-30. Owen Sikkes was strong in net for Victoria.

Even during the Islanders game, the Braves outshot the Islanders 34-32 – they appear to have the offensive lines rolling – so hopefully, for their sake, McTavish will be the treat they need to help end the dirty trick of the three-game losing skid.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm at The Boo Centre in Colwood.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 18 12 5 0 37
Buccaneers 16 10 5 0 32
Generals 17 5 12 0 15
Glacier Kings 16 0 14 0 3
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 18 13 4 0 41
Braves 16 10 3 0 35
Islanders 18 8 8 0 27
Panthers 19 6 8 0 25
Wolves 16 4 9 0 16
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
M. Albinati (VIC) 18 15 15 30
B. Chacalias (VIC) 15 11 11 22
J. Lingard (PEN) 19 13 8 21
M. Brown (VIC) 18 11 10 21
G. Grewal (SAN) 16 10 11 21
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
O Sikkes (VIC) 3 3 0.67 .975
B Wood (NAN) 6 5 1.34 .938
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
A de Kok (CRS) 12 9 2.18 .928
C Stevenson (VIC) 10 9 2.32 .921
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