2013 Starts Off Right for the Buccaneers

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Story and Photographs by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

January 3, 2013, Victoria BC., (ISN) – It looked like it was a sure thing for the Wolves last night as they took on the Nanaimo Buccaneers at Bear Mountain Arena. The Bucs had a different idea about how the game would end. The Westshore Wolves managed to get the only two goals that were scored in the first period.

The Wolves were the first to score with Westshore’s Chris McDonald and with the end of the first period in sight, a power play goal would be scored by Joel Gordon who managed to fly the puck past Cameron Large. This would end the first period in favor of the West Shore Wolves.

The Buccaneers answered back early in the second period when Corey Renwick fired a shot past the Wolves Alec Dillon, putting the Buccs on the board.

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During a scramble for the loose puck, Kyle Richter pokes it into the net – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Kyle Richter gets a short handed, unassisted goal and that is where the scoring stayed, bringing the period to an end with the scoreboard showing 3-1 for the Wolves.

The third period opens with a power play goal by Kyle Richter, his second of the night, bringing the scoring to 4-1 for the Wolves. It didn’t take long for the goal to be answered, within minutes Daniel Foglietta sends an explosive shot into the back of Dillon’s net, setting the score at 4-2 for the Westshore Wolves.

IMG 2306smallWolves Spencer Preece chases Buccs Collin Mathieson for the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Buccaneers are not going down without a fight, and with some great footwork and determination the score quickly takes a turn when Derian Hamilton shoots one into the net, followed up with yet another great shot by Garrett Dunlop tying the game 4-4. The fans wait with anticipation and excitement as the teams find themselves heading into overtime.

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The teams watch on as their players storm the net –
Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

32 seconds into overtime, Garrett Dunlop will win it for the Buccaneers scoring that all important overtime goal bringing the score now to 5-4 for the Nanaimo Buccaneers; their first win of 2013.