Braves Look Good in Pre-Season Shut-Out of Panthers

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

August 30, 2013, Saanich, BC (ISN) – The Saanich Braves ran their VIJHL exhibition record to 2-0 after a 3-0 shut-out of the Peninsula Panthers at Pearkes Arena on Friday night.

The Braves dominated the Panthers from start to finish, outshooting Peninsula 17-5 in the first period and 51-17 for the game.

To the Panthers credit however, their lineup was loaded with a number of young prospects who were hitting the ice together for the first time Friday, as the Panthers main camp is just getting started.

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Saanich’s Mackenzie Valentine carries the puck into the Panthers’ zone on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

While the more experienced Braves lineup took advantage of that fact, large credit should go to the Panther goaltenders, Mike Hallett and Joe Barton, for keeping the score as low as it was.

Hallett started the game and kept the Braves off the scoreboard stopping all 24 shots that he saw, while Barton stopped 24 of 27 that he saw in the second half.

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Saanich’s Sasha Hahn would score one of the Braves three goals Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Braves scoring began at 16:43 of the second period when Sasha Hahn, acquired from Comox in the off season, would bang a rebound past Barton to put the Braves up 1-0. Assists went to Hunter Atchison and Jordan Groenhyde.

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Peninsula’s Josh Allison skates the puck past Saanich’s Conner Allan during second period action Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Braves would add two more in the third period, the first by rookie Evan Horvath on the power-play at 8:43 and the second by Sam McMullen at 14:36. Assists on Horvath’s marker went to Garrett Stankoven and Quinn Miller, while Josh Poland and Garrett Kemmler would get the helpers on McMullen’s goal.

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Saanich defenceman Liam Sproule avoids the forecheck to skate the puck out of his zone Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Eric Palliser and Matt Rud split the Braves goaltending duties to share the shut-out.

The Panthers and Braves will be right back at it on Saturday night, as the Braves travel up the Peninsula to face the Panthers at Panorama Recreation Centre in a 7:00 pm start.

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Peninsula’s Brett Carpendale looks to make a pass during third period action Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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