Veterans Shine in Braves OT Thriller

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Story by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

Campbell River (ISN) – In a crazy, high scoring battle on Sunday evening in Campbell River, Saanich Braves veteran James Kellington scored at 11:21 of the second overtime period to give the Braves a 6-5 win over the Campbell River Storm in game three of their opening round VIJHL playoff series.

That goal would be Kellington’s hat-trick goal on the night and along with two assists, earned him a five point evening.

Also stepping up was Saanich Captain and league scoring leader Ty Jones, who after being almost invisible in Saanich’s 4-1 loss Friday, broke out with two goals and two assists to pace the Braves.

This game began well for the Braves as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. That would be short-lived however, as a crazy second period saw five goals scored and by the time it was all over, the Braves held a 4-3 lead.

In the third, the teams would exchange goals, before the pesky Storm, the last seeded team in the playoffs, tied things up 6-6 to force the game into overtime.

Despite a power-play opportunity for Campbell River, the first OT settled nothing and it was left to Kellington to work his heroics in the second extra frame.

In addition to Kellington and Jones, Connor Krupa notched the other Saanich goal, while Brandon Parmar added two assists.

For Campbell River, Dane Feeney and Tyson Rennie each had a two-goal performance, while Kayden and Wyatt Trumbley both had a pair of assists.

Getting the win for Saanich between the pipes was the ever steady Tanner McGaw, who faced 31 shots. His counterpart Nick Babich faced 42 shots, including 13 in the two overtime periods combined.

These two teams will now battle it out again in game four Tuesday night in Campbell River and will quickly turn around to play Game 5 in Saanich on Wednesday evening.

In other VIJHL plyoff series, the Peninsula Panthers will look to sweep the Oceanside Generals Monday evening as they defeated the Generals 4-3 and 3-1 over the weekend.  Also on Monday, the Kerry Park Islanders, who lead their series with Comox two games to one, will look to continue their upset minded ways, as they meet the Glacier Kings on home ice.  Waiting patiently in the wings are the Victoria Cougars, who received a first-round bye.

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