Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 29, 2014, Saanich, BC (ISN) – Kyle Richter scored a pair of goals to help the Westshore Wolves defeat the Saanich Braves 5-2 Friday night in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) pre-season action at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.
Westshore’s Jordan Martin (8) controls the puck in the corner under pressure from Saanich’s Boo Grist (left) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Wolves win avenges a 3-2 loss suffered to the Braves at JDF Arena on Thursday night, one that saw a very young and inexperienced Wolves team get outshot by the Braves 40-20 on the night.
Saanich rookie Cameron Kovesdi carries the puck over the blue line Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On Friday night however, the Wolves had most of their veterans back in the line-up and the difference was notable, especially in an evenly played first period that saw the teams trade 11 shots each, but with the Wolves Richter chipping one past Braves starter Nick Dueck (a former Wolve) with 4 seconds left to play, to take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Saanich’s Elliott MacIsaac and Westshore’s Jordan Martin battle for the puck in the neutral zone (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Wolves would continue to dominate in the second, with Cory Hatcher scoring at the 6:36 mark and Richter scoring again at 7:44 to extend the lead to 3-0. The Braves would respond with a goal from prospect Elliott MacIsaac but the Wolves would outshoot the Braves
13-4 for the period and take a 3-1 lead to the break.
Westshore’s Spencer Preece (left) and Saanich’s Jack Rachwalski battle for position after a face-off during first period action Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Braves would come out with a bit more energy in the third and a goal from Conner Allan at the 5:04 mark pulled the Braves within one, but shortly after that, a fight between the Wolves John Bond and Saanich’s Dayne Ellison would change the complexion of the game, as things suddenly became nasty.
Westshore’s Corey Peterson (18) and Tyler Stanton (2) lead the charge into the Saanich end (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Just 16 seconds after the fight, Sanich’s Quinn Miller was whistled for a 5 minute head contact major that put the Wolves on the powerplay. Before the powerplay could get rolling however, another scuffle broke out after Saanich’s Garret Stankoven was taken hard into the boards by Spencer Preece. When the dust cleared, the Wolves Kayle Ramsay and Richter and the Brave’s Jack Rachwalski and Connor Birmingham had all been ejected for fighting.
Saanich’s Connor Birmingham lets a shot go during the second period Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
When the teams got back to playing hockey, the Wolves would capitalize twice on the five minute powerplay, with Jess Nixon (at 7:26) and Clay Carson (at 8:51) scoring on Braves goaltender Michael Frank, to put the Wolves up 5-2.
Those goals would take the wind out of the Braves and be all the Wolves would need to cruise on to the 5-2 win.
Westshore’s Drayson Lum looks for a way around Saanich defender Cameron Kovesdi (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jordan Spandli started in net for the Wolves, with Chase Krompocker coming in for the second half. Both goalies surrendered a goal, but combined to stop 20 of 22 Braves shots for the win. For the Braves, Dueck stopped 11 of 14, while Frank stopped 16 of 18 in sharing the loss.