Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
February 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Saanich Braves had a meeting with the Westshore Wolves at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria Wednesday night, with Matt Chester in net for the Wolves and Bowman Rutledge in for the Braves.
In the first period, the game was beginning to look as though it would end with neither team on the board.
Late in the first period, everything changed when Liam Sproule plotted one at 19:01 into the back of Chester’s net ending the period with the scoreboard showing 1-0 for the Braves.
Braves Sam McMullen drives the puck around the net with Wolves Kayle Ramsay close behind – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Midway through the second period the Wolves finally answered back when Travis Oickle scored on the power play at 13:51, tying the game at one each. Shortly after, at 14:22, the Braves struck again when Ty Jones beat Chester and pushed his team up by one.
Wolves Tyson Young, and Braves Nolan Kinney chase a bouncing puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
This game of catch-up continued when the wolves’ Braedon Behan tied the game with a power play goal, burying the puck behind Rutledge at 16:58. The scoreboard now showed the game tied at two.
At 17:58, the wolves scored the go ahead goal with credit going to Kyle Richter, ending the period with a score of 3-2 Wolves.
Things get a little chippy near the end of the second period – Photo by Kasey Ericksen (ISN)
Although the Wolves scored early in the third period and the goal was waved off, the Wolves kept their composure, sticking back and making it count. Joel Gordon shot one past Rutledge at 8:12 changing the scoring to 4-2 in favor of the Wolves.
Wolves Tyler Smith tries to control a bouncing puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Max Mois of the Braves hurled one past Chester at 18:29 bringing his team within one, but the game was far from over. With the last minute of play counting down, Chad Roorda buried one behind Chester at 19:07, tying the game up at four. It looked like we would be heading into OT, when the Wolves came back with an answer from Chase Kaiser as his puck found the back of the net, giving the Wolves the win with a final score of 5-4.
Total shots on Goal: Wolves: 33, Braves: 27