Bad Start Plagues Braves Yet Again in Loss to Storm

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

November 8, 2012, Saanich, BC (ISN) – For the second time in as many games, the Saanich Braves surrendered four first period goals, this time en route to an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of the Campbell River Storm in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

On Wednesday, the Braves did the same against the Kerry Park Islanders, however they managed to come back and force that game into overtime, eventually losing 5-4, and securing a point in the process.

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Campbell River’s Ryan Grills (left) battles Saanich’s Fraser Sutherland (right) for postion in front of Storm goaltender Jack Surgenor (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

On Friday, there would be no comeback drama whatsoever, as a pumped up Storm team kept the pressure on the entire game, scoring two more in the second and two more in the third to hand the Braves their biggest loss of the season.

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Saanich’s Hunter Atchison leads the charge with teammate Sasha Hahn on Friday against Campbell River (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Storm’s Aaron Brewer would do the bulk of the damage to the Braves tonight, accounting for three of the Campbell River goals, including the first two of the game, and notching the hat-trick with the game’s final goal in the third.

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Campbell River’s Ryan Grills looks to make a pass during Friday’s action against Saanich (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Other Campbell River goals went to James Severs, Jordan Kamprath, Braydon Horcoff, Brayden Taekema and Gage Colpron. Horcoff, Brendan De Vries and Zack Sanderson also had a pair of assists each to help pace the Storm offence.

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Campbell River’s Colin Blake (left) and Saanich’s Josh Poland (right) battle for the puck Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Braves Matt Rud bore the onslaught of the Storm attack in net, surrendering all eight goals on 41 shots. Rud was replaced briefly for the last 4:06 of the first period as Midget call-up Michael Franks (filling in for a suspended Jordan Werezak) came in following the fourth Campbell River goal, facing and stopping the three shots he saw.

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Saanich’s Garrett Stankoven flips the puck away while under pressure from the Storm’s Dom Kolbeins (20) and Stephen Hawko (17)(Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

At the other end of the ice, Jack Surgenor got the start for the Storm and stopped all 26 Braves shots, including 15 in a busy second period.

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Campbell River’s James Severs moves the puck out of his zone Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The win moves the Storm to a record of 10-7-1-1 (22 points) and they sit third in the North Division, five points back of Comox Valley. The Braves fall to 7-10-1-1 and they sit tied with Kerry Park for last in the South with 16 points each.

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Campbell River’s Aaron Brewer (47) leads his teammates back to the bench after scoring one of his three goals Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Both teams are right back at it on Saturday night, as the Braves head north to Campbell River to complete the home and home series with the Storm. Game time is 7:30 pm at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena.

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The Storm’s Zack Sanderson carries the puck up ice Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In other VIJHL action Friday night, the Peninsula Panther handed the Victoria Cougars their third regulation loss of the season, winning 5-2, while Comox Valley beat up on troubled Oceanside 8-3.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.