By Christian J. Stewart, with Files and Photos by Michael Seemann (ISN)
January 6, 2012, Comox, BC – The Saanich Braves received goals from four different players as they skated to a 4-2 win over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in VIJHL action Saturday night in Comox.
The Braves got the jump on the Kings with 2 goals in the first period, the first by Sam McMullen at 8:42 and the second by Max Mois, on the power play at 14:57.
Comox would halve the lead at the 7:16 mark of the second period, but the Braves would get that back later, with another power play goal, this time by Justin Polischuk, at 17:20.
Glacier Kings Forward Andrew White effectively blocks a shot at the goal by Saanich Braves Forward Seamus Mcguire (Photo: Michael Seemann / Island Sports News)
The Braves would add to their lead at the 6:48 mark of the third period, with a goal from Seamus Maguire, at which point the game got a little out of hand. Following the goal, a minor scrum broke out resulting in penalties to four different players and putting the Braves back on the power play.
Saanich Brave goaltender Tanner McGaw leads teammate Liam Sproule and the rest of the Braves on to the ice at the start of the second period in Comox on Saturday evening (Photo: Michael Seemann / Island Sports News)
The penalties continued to mount in the chippy period, with both teams being assessed just under 100 minutes in penalties for the period, along with game ejections to the Braves Kevin Massy and the Kings Cody Eliason for fighting.
In among all the penalties, the Glacier Kings would find a way to score a short-handed goal from Mitch Ball, but that would be all the scoring and the Braves would emerge with the win.
Saanich Brave Forward Nick Guerra, about to bypass Glacier KIngs Defense, Nicholas Tupper – (Photo:Michael Seemann – Island Sports News)
“The lack of effort in the first period shows how important it is to come prepared and play a full sixty minutes against any opponent,” said Glacier Kings Assistant Coach Mark McNaughton, “a better effort in the second and third period showed that our boys can skate with top teams.”
Justin Polischuk, with a goal and two assists for the Braves, was named the game’s first star. Tanner McGaw stopped 19 of 21 shots for the win, while Comox’s Michael Hails stopped 21 of 25 shots in taking the loss.
The Glacier Kings next game is Friday night when they’ll host the Victoria Cougars, while the Braves will visit the Cougars on Thursday evening.