Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
March 1, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was the end of the line for the Westshore Wolves on Thursday night at Bear Mountain when the Saanich Braves swept them out of the competition, ending their first round during game six of the playoffs.
With Tanner McGaw in goal for Saanich and Alec Dillon in for Westshore the two teams began to battle it out, starting a little cat and mouse. Things started to look good for the Wolves early in the period when Braedon Behan’s puck found the back of McGaw’s net at 1:18, lifting the team’s spirits in hopes of plotting another one.
Braves’ Sam McMullen chases Wolves’ Kyle Richter for the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
At the 7:04 mark, the Braves answered back with a power play goal when Cole Golka out maneuvered Dillon, tying the game at one a piece. Shawn McBride’s puck followed suit within seconds, planting that all important go-ahead goal which brought the scoring to 2-1 in favor of the Braves.
Braves’ Tanner McGaw makes a save – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The celebration did not last long when the wolves answered back with a goal of their own.
At 8:43 Brett Lervold would even things out and tied the game once again, but their work was not done yet.
Wolves’ Travis Oickle and Braves Cole Golka chase a loose puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Kayle Ramsay scored one for the Wolves at 11:30, tipping the scoring in their favor (3-2) Wolves. The Braves would make a steal seconds later, and at 11:42 Sam Johnston tied the game with the scoreboard reflecting a score of 3-3 and ending the period.
The second period opened up with no immediate scoring, just a lot of back-and-forth hockey until Spencer Preece saw an opportunity at the 7:26 mark. Preece managed to beat McGaw, tipping the score once again in favor of the Wolve’s 4-3.
Braves’ Max Mois loses his helmet during a race for the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
It didn’t take long for the Braves to answer back, and at 8:15 it was Jordan Groenheyde who plotted one in behind Dillon, tying the game at four. The Wolves found themselves once again within one of Timerlathe, then at 15:12 the game reverted back within one when the Wolves’ Tim Quinn scored that all important go-ahead goal; ending the period with a 5-4 score in the Wolves favor.
Gloves come off, as things heat up in the third – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
This game wasn’t meant to be a relaxing one for the players, and certainly not for the loyal fans in the stands. At 9:41 the Braves opened the scoring with Josh Gray who took full advantage on an opportunity to score and did not disappoint, tying the game at 5.
This would be the last and final time the game would result in a tie as it was all Braves from here on out. The go-ahead goal came at 13:26 when Cole Golka scored his second of the night. Justin Polischuk would follow suit at 19:02, leaving no time for the Wolves to catch up. The final score: 7-5 Braves.