The Braves and Cougars have always been a great battle. Less than 4km separate these two rivals. The Braves have been struggling lately and the Cougars have been playing well. Victoria came into the game on a two game losing streak, but still on top of the South division.
The first period was less than amazing. Lots of whistles caused the period to have almost no flow. Despite this the Braves managed to hold a majority of the play in the Cougars end. Owen Sikkes and Anderson Violette were the stars of the show for most of the game, but Sikkes had to be sharp far more in the first stopping 15 shots to keep the game tied at zero heading into the break.
The second period was a whole new game. Fast, hard hitting, and wide open. Far more flow and plenty of scoring chances both ways made the game very exciting to watch. The deadlock was broken when Nash Kellet scored his first junior goal at 10:17 of the second. The Braves looked to be holding the momentum. With the lead the game could have shifted out of the Cougars grasp if it wasn’t for Matt Clark only 23 seconds later. Clark using his speed he blasted into the Braves end, took a shot, and batted the rebound out of the air like a Major League Slugger.
Early the third the Braves took the lead back again on the power play, this time Dayton Clarke potted the goal. This time it took the Cougars 9 minutes to draw equal again. This time Chacalias was the one to bring the Cougars fans to their feet and tie the game at 2. Everything was pointing towards overtime. Both teams playing fantastic hockey and both goalies were unreal. Tyler Vanuden decided that the 3 points was more important than an exciting OT finish to a great game. With 1:35 left in the game Vanuden buried a pass short side to take the lead for good.
Booker Chacalias and Tyler Vanuden both collected 3 points and Owen Sikkes grabbed his 7th win in 9 games for the Cougars.
Booker now holds the league lead in scoring with 41 points.
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