Braves Can’t Buy A Break – Fall to Kerry Park in Final Seconds

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

February 7, 2014, Saanich, BC (ISN) – A shorthanded goal by Kerry Park’s Eric Mansueti with 17 seconds remaining to play, gave the Islanders a 3-2 win over the Saanich Braves in VIJHL action Friday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

Kerry Park’s winning goal was a microcosm of the bad luck that has been plaguing the Braves all season. After a stint in the Kerry Park end, where the Braves powerplay unit almost notched the go-ahead goal, the Islanders cleared the puck down the ice, where Saanich goaltender Jason Stewart came out to play it. At the same time, defenseman Kris Carpentier came back to retrieve it, with Mansueti hot on his heels. Both Brave players hesitated, assuming for a brief second that the other was going to take the puck, and that was all it took for the pressuring Mansueti to chip his way into the mix, pick up the loose puck and somehow slip it past a scrambling Stewart for the winning goal.

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Nyshan Basra would have a pair of goals for the Braves on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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Saanich’s Jake Daughtry did his best Michael Jordan impression en route to a pair of assists against the Islanders (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The loss negated a fine effort by two of the newest Braves, Nyshan Basra and Jake Daughtry, both of whom had two points on the evening. Basra, would score both of the Braves goals including a marker at 15:14 of the first period that tied the game 1-1 and his second, on the powerplay, at 12:45 of the second that would tie the game 2-2. Daughtry earned assists on both.

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Kris Carpentier of the Braves looks to make a pass while under pressure from Kerry Park’s Trevor Beauregard (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Islanders had jumped into 1-0 and 2-1 leads on the strength of another 2-goal performance, this time by forward Matt Osmond who scored on the powerplay at 12:08 of the first and again at 3:17 of the second when he converted a nice 2-on-1 pass from Ryan Paisley.

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Saanich’s Scott Henderson (left) and Kerry Park’s Hobin Zinc look for the puck following a faceoff Friday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the nets for Kerry Park, Leighton Williams would make some key saves down the stretch for the Islanders, finishing the night with 39 saves on 41 shots total. For the Braves, Stewart would stop 17 in the losing effort.

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Kerry Park’s Matt Osmond led the way with a pair of goals for the Islanders Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Both teams are right back in action on Saturday night, as the Braves head up Island to face the Oceanside Generals, while the Islanders host the Westshore Wolves.

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Kerry Park’s Leighton Williams would stop 39 of 41 shots to get the win Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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