Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
January 18, 2012, Sidney, BC (ISN) – After an ugly 8-2 loss to the Westshore Wolves on Wednesday, the Saanich Braves broke a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 shoot-out win over the Peninsula Panthers in Friday night VIJHL action at Panorama Rec Centre in Sidney.
Starting Bowman Rutledge in net in place of an absent Tanner McGaw, the Braves would stumble early, giving up a goal on just the second Panther shot when Josh Adkins would tip in a Kyle Richardson point shot just 2:26 into the game.
The Braves would respond at 13:11 of the period when Josh Gray would bang in a Max Mois rebound through the legs of Panther starter Stephen Heslop to tie the game at 1-1.
With 6 points in his last 2 games, including a goal and 3 assists against the Panthers, Saanich’s Max Mois is finally finding his stride with the Braves (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Panthers would take a lead into the intermission however, as Adkins would break in alone and beat Rutledge at the 17:50 mark for his second of the game.
The second period was all Saanich and thanks to three Peninsula penalties, the Saanich powerplay was on the ice for pretty much the first half of the period, with the net result being three straight goals.
The first came 1:07 into the frame on a nice backhand shot from Sam McMullen. Max Mois responded at 4:39 with a powerplay marker, followed by another powerplay goal from Ty Jones at 7:06.
Josh Gray would score for Saanich in the win over the Panthers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Panthers would finally respond st 13:32 on a goal from Will Finlay, but just over a minute later, Jones would strike again for Saanich and send the Braves into the second break with a 5-3 lead.
The Panthers would not give up easily though and after pulling goaltender Heslop in favour of Josh Round to start the period, the Panthers would outplay the Braves and get goals from Reece Costain at 3:22 (on the powerplay) and another from Nathan Looysen at 9:15 to tie the game 5-5.
Both teams would trade chances after that but to no avail and the game would head to overtime.
Despite only a single goal for the evening, Saanich’s Sam McMullen was one of the stronger players on the ice for the Braves (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the extra period, the Braves would have the best chance to score, as the Panthers Brett Sjerven took a hooking penalty just 35 seconds into the extra frame, but Saanich could not capitalize on any of their 4 shots and the game moved to a shoot-out.
In the shoot-out, Saanich’s Ty Jones would score on Round to start things off, but after misses by Peninsula’s Zack Smith and Looysen and Saanich’s Nick Guerra and Mois, the Panther’s Jackson Skerratt scored to send it to extra shooters.
After Saanich’s Shawn McBride and Pennsula’s Reece Costain missed, the Brave’s Garrett Kemmler put one over Round to give the Braves the advantage. Saanich goaltender Rutledge then managed to stop Peninsula’s Connor Logan and the Braves emerged with the 6-5 win.
With 2 goals and an assist, Captain Ty Jones would lead the Braves over the Panthers on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Game Notes: The Braves outshot the Panthers 36-19 on the night with 20 of those shots coming in the second period. The Saanich AP parade continued Friday as Robbie Dohan and Jordan Parmar, both out of Racquet Club Midget AAA, made their Braves debut tonight.