Sept 12, 2014 (ISN) – ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars used a four-goal second period to put away
the Saanich Braves 5-0 in one of two Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games
played on Thursday night.
Robert Zadra paced the attack with a goal and two assists.
The win improved the Cougars record to 2-0-0-0.
It was a much better effort from the Braves who exactly one week ago dropped a 9-0
decision to Victoria in the season opener for both teams.
The loss was the third straight for Saanich and kept the team without a victory in
its last 20 games – a streak that dates all the way back to January 3, 2014.
After being nearly unbeatable in the opening frame, Braves’ goaltender Jason Stewart
began to experience some ups and downs as the game wore on.
Stewart, who faced 39 shots in his first start of the season, denied Wade Johnson on
a breakaway midway through the opening period. But the six-foot-one, 195-pound net
minder could not stop Michael Fretz from twinkling the twine.
Special teams hurt Saanich. They went 0-for-5 with the man advantage while allowing
the Cougars to score on three of their four power plays opportunities.
A kneeing penalty to Nyshan Basra at the 20-minute mark put the Braves behind the
eight ball to begin the second period. Then a slashing penalty to Alex Schlueter at
1:11 gave Victoria a two-man advantage.
Playing five-on-three, Ryan Carson tipped home a Garnett Roberts slap pass at 1:41.
And with only one second remaining in the penalty to Schlueter, a slap shot from the
point by Ryan Vorster left Stewart frozen.
Zadra got a lucky bounce at 10:06 when his shot ricocheted off a Saanich defender
It went for bad to worse for the Braves. A high-sticking penalty to Connor
Birmingham put Saanich back on the penalty kill. Skating out from the half wall,
John Kretzschmar notched the Cougars fifth and final goal.
Birmingham still had seven seconds remaining in his penalty.
The Braves best scoring chance came late in the second period when Basra rifled the
puck off the goal post.
There was no scoring in the third period.
Grant Payne made 15 saves for the win. And making their VIJHL debuts for Victoria
were defenseman Ryan Buse and forward Alec Wilkinson.
The Braves fall to 0-2-0-1 on the season.
In Nanaimo, Will McNamara scored the game winner with 2:46 remaining to lift the
Buccaneers to a 3-2 win over the Kerry Park Islanders.
Next game for Victoria is Friday, September 12 against the Peninsula Panthers. Game
time at the Panorama Recreation Centre, located at 1885 Forest Park Drive, is 7:30
1st star, Ryan Carson (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)
2nd star, Ryan Vorster (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Michael Fretz (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)