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Sometimes it’s all about luck and timing. For the Saanich Braves, they might have defeated the Victoria Cougars on Thursday night, if the Cougars hadn’t lost to the Kerry Park Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday. They wanted a bounce back and unfortunately for Saanich, as well as they played, were up against a team that was determined to win. The Cougars took the game 3-2.

There was no scoring during the first period at Archie Browning Arena. Mid-way through the second period, the teams exchanged goals 23 seconds apart. Nash Kellett opened the scoring at 10:17 and at 10:40 Matthew Clark scored for Victoria.

The teams would skate to the dressing rooms with the game deadlocked at 1-1.

During the third period, the Cougars outscored the Braves 2-1. While Spencer Gold was sitting for two minutes for slashing, Dayton Clarke scored on the powerplay at 3:34 to give Saanich the 2-1 lead, then Booker Chacalias and Tyler Vanuden combined on the next two goals at 12:37 and 18:25 to take the win.

Chacalias led the game with three points, scoring once and picking up two assists.

The Cougars outshot the Braves 36-35. Anderson Violette took the loss in net for Saanich, while Owen Sikkes earned the 33-save win in net for Victoria.

The Braves powerplay went 1/5, while the Cougars were 0/3.

The Braves have their own chance for redemption Friday at Pearkes Arena when they face the Oceanside Generals. The Cougars host the Peninsula Panthers on Sunday night.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, the mighty Campbell River Storm were surprised by the Nanaimo Buccaneers 3-2 to take just their seventh loss in 31 games so far this season.

Joshua Zary led the way for Nanaimo with a pair of goals including the game-opener at 4:41 of the first period and the game winner at 15:01 of the second period. Also scoring for Nanaimo was Trey Watson, who also picked up an assist. Davis Frank and Damon Porter tallied for Campbell River.

Zary is a 17-year-old Nanaimo native playing in his first full season with the Buccaneers. Last year he played five games earning one assist.

The Buccaneers outshot the Storm 34-25. The powerplays went 0/3 and 0/2 for the Storm and Buccaneers respectively.

Aaron de Kok took the loss in net for the Storm stopping 31 of 34 shots, while Spencer Deakin earned the win in net for the Buccaneers stopping 23 out of 25.

The Storm will be very difficult to deal with Friday night as they host the Comox Valley Glacier Kings at Rod Brind’Amour Arena. The Buccaneers get the weekend off to savior the win.

NORTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Storm 31 22 7 0 69
Buccaneers 28 17 9 0 54
Generals 31 10 19 0 34
Glacier Kings 29 3 24 0 12
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SOUTH DIVISION
TEAM GP W L T TP
Cougars 31 20 7 0 67
Islanders 31 16 11 0 53
Braves 29 13 11 0 47
Panthers 31 8 15 0 35
Wolves 29 9 15 0 34
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SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
B. Chacalias (VIC) 28 19 22 41
E. Easton (KPI) 30 15 23 38
J. Zary (NAN) 25 20 15 35
M. Albinati (VIC) 23 18 17 35
T. Tiel (KPI) 28 15 19 34
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GOALIE LEADERS
GOALIE GP W GAA SV%
B Wood (INACT) 6 5 1.34 .938
O Sikkes (VIC) 9 7 1.44 .953
E Samyn (CRS) 5 2 1.82 .909
A de Kok (CRS) 20 15 1.95 .933
J Little (CRS) 8 5 2.03 .916
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