SAANICH, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars and Saanich Braves played to an entertaining 2-2 draw on Friday night.
After Elliott MacIsaac and Trevor Owens gave Saanich a two goal lead, Matthew Sparrow and Kyle Wade scored 33 seconds apart late in the third period to send the game to extra time.
With the tie, Victoria pulled even with the Westshore Wolves for first place in the South Island Division.
The Braves led 1-0 after one period and 2-0 after two.
Alexander Benger missed a chance to win it for the Cougars in overtime when his slap shot from just inside the blue line rang off the crossbar.
Then in double overtime, Dale McCabe of Saanich was denied on a breakaway.
Victoria finished 2-for-7 with the man advantage while the Braves went 0-for-5.
Patrick Ostermann, who was making his eighth consecutive start for the Cougars, made 49 saves. Riley Mathieson turned aside 37 shots.
Saanich opened the scoring at 9:36 off a shorthanded breakaway from MacIsaac.
With the only goal of the second period, Owens made it 2-0 at 10:01.
Cue the comeback.
Sparrow cut the deficit in half at 13:07 of the third period when he banged home a Benger rebound off the end boards. Then with six minutes and 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Wade one-timed a Foster Martin centering pass behind Mathieson to tie the game.
The Braves sported their vintage-style Ottawa Senators jerseys for the first time tonight.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL: Peninsula Panthers 7, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 1. Nanaimo Buccaneers 6, Campbell River Storm 5.
Next game for Victoria is Thursday, December 21 versus the Kerry Park Islanders.