Story by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 14, 2012, Saanich, BC (ISN) – After a dramatic last-minute 3-2 win over the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies on Saturday evening, the Saanich Braves Midget AA hockey club is hoping the powers that be take notice and include the Braves into the Top-20 of the BC Minor Midget hockey rankings.
After all it is well deserved, as the Braves have now gone undefeated in their tiering rounds (4-0-1), and in the process, have had wins over the 15th-ranked Grizzlies and the 19th-ranked Nanaimo Clippers (as ranked October 7th by Hockey Now Magazine).
And in both of those games, the Braves were dominant, outplaying Nanaimo and holding them to just 19 shots in a 2-0 shut-out in September and in Saturday’s match against Juan de Fuca, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to outshoot the Grizzlies 38-25 and get the win.
The Braves have also just returned from the Seafair Icebreaker Midget tournament where they went 4-1 and captured the consolation championship in their bracket.
In other tiering games, the Braves defeated the always tough Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4-1 and the Tier 1 Cowichan Capitals 2-1, while tying the Peninsula Eagles 1-1.
In Saturday’s action against Juan de Fuca, the Grizzlies had goals from Devin Wray and Trevor Lammie on their first two shots on net to lead 2-0 just five minutes into the game.
That would be all they would get though, as after that the Braves would take over the game, outshooting the Grizzlies 25-7 in the second period and capitalizing on two power play goals from Quinn Miller and Calem Brassard to tie things up before the ice clean.
At the start of the second half of the game, the Grizzlies replaced starting goaltender Chris Smith with Brendan Turcotte and this seemed to spark the Grizzlies, but they could not get anything past Brave starter Ty Sweeney who remained solid.
The third period was an exciting period of hockey, with both teams having equal opportunities to score, but after a critical penalty kill with 3 minutes remaining, it was the Braves Tanner Murray who managed to sneak a point shot past Turcotte with 47 seconds remaining to put the Braves in the lead.
While the Grizzlies would pull their goalie and have two solid opportunities to score with just seconds remaining, Sweeney came up with two big saves to preserve the Braves win.
The Midget AA Braves now hit the road for their next two games, both exhibition matches, in Peninsula on Saturday October 20th and in Port Alberni on Sunday the 21st.
To follow the Midget AA Saanich Braves, please visit their web site, Saanich Midget AA Braves or follow them on Twitter: @MidgetAABraves
The Midget AA Braves are in need of sponsors and are looking for jersey name bar sponsors ($200) and business card sponsors ($150) for an ad that will be in the Times Colonist in November. If you are interested in sponsoring the team, please contact Team Manager Victoria Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-413-7014.