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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart

Ty Jones had four goals and an assist to lead the Saanich Braves to a 5-3 win over the Kerry Park Islanders Friday.

Friday December 9, 2011 – There seems to be no stopping Saanich Brave Captain Ty Jones who once again had a multi-point game – four goals and an assist – to lead the Braves to a 5-3 victory over the Kerry Park Islanders in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

Jones got things rolling for the Braves just under three minutes into the game when he took a nice pass from line-mate Jack Palmer and beat Islander starter and former Brave Matt Chester.

The Braves would add to that lead with 6:25 remaining in the period, as once again Jones hit the net behind Chester.

Saanich Captain Ty Jones would score four goals and an assist to lead the Braves to a 5-3 win over Kerry Park Friday.

The Islanders would respond with 5:53 remaining in the period, as Cole Thomson would be given an early Christmas present by Braves Dylan Grant who turned the puck over to him directly in front of the net. Thomson would sneak the puck past a surprised Tanner McGaw and the Islanders trailed by one.

Just when it appeared that 2-1 score would carry over into the intermission, Saanich’s Palmer would sneak one past Chester from in tight with 55 seconds to play, and the Braves would take a 3-1 lead into the break.

IMG 1222Kerry Park’s Cole Thomson would score a pair of goals in a losing effort against the Braves.

The Ty Jones show would continue in the second, as just 1:20 in, Jones skated over the blue line and blasted a laser into the top corner to make the score 4-1.

That spelled the end for Chester, who was pulled in favor of Kerry Park back-up Jackson Jane.

That move seemed to perk up the Islanders, as they out-shot the Braves 14-7 in the period, however they could not solve McGaw and the Braves took their 4-1 lead into the second intermission.

IMG 1261Saanich’s Jack Palmer, who would notch a goal and two assists, battles off the face-off with Kerry Park’s Brandon Nicholson.

The Islanders regrouped during the break and made a game of things in the third, as Adam Wade (at the 0:53 mark) and Thomson with his second (at the 3:37 mark), scored to pull the Islanders to within one again.

The Islanders continued to pepper McGaw and the Braves, once again out-shooting them in the period 24-6, but McGaw was solid and kept them off the board.

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Kerry Park’s Travis Oickle try to evade the check of Saanich’s Ty Jones during Friday night’s action.

Ty Jones would then score his fourth goal of the game into the empty net with five seconds to play, wrapping up the 5-3 win.

With his five point night, Saanich’s Jones has moved into second place in the VIJHL scoring race with 46 points and sits just three points behind Victoria’s Brody Coulter with 49.
IMG 1336Kerry Park’s Conner Morgan finds the path to the Saanich net a bit crowded during thrd period action Friday evening.
Saanich’s Jack Palmer, with a goal and two assists, is also slowly moving up in the scoring race and now sits in seventh with 34 points.
The win also improves the Braves record to 13-9-3, good enough for second in the South Division and third overall in the VIJHL just one point behind second place Comox, who the Braves will battle Saturday night in Comox.

The Braves used five call-ups in their game tonight as a number of players are injured or suspended, plus forward Shawn McBride was called up to the Jr. A Grizzlies for Friday’s game. Head Coach Brad Cook was also absent again behind the Brave’s bench, as he is finishing off a suspension as well.