The Braves came into the Arch on a two game winning streak, the Cougars on a loss from the Generals. The first period was mostly the home team though. Victoria held a majority of the play throughout the period gathering 17 shots on goal. Several scoring chances and plenty of action out front, but solid play in goal from Saanich’s newest acquisition, Robert Michetti, led to only one goal. The Braves picked up the Alberta native, Michetti, for futures from the Storm earlier in the week. The lone goal came from Spencer Golden at 11:25 of the period. A scramble out front with half the players on the ice seemingly in the crease, Golden found the puck on the side of the net and buried the gift. Assists to Clark and Dumonceaux.
The second got off to a fast start for the Cougars. Just 24 seconds into the frame Nathan Goliath made it 2-0. 14 seconds later though, Colten Witter took a 5-minute-plus-a-game penalty for charging, putting Saanich on a power-play that could shift the game. The Cougars held off a flurry of attacks from the Braves with goalie Steven Reid making several fantastic saves. The Cougars then went on the attack just seconds after killing the 5 minute penalty. At 6:09 Johnathon Esposito made it 3-0 with a laser from the blue line, and about a minute after that Evan Easton was left alone out front, 4-0. The Braves finally solved Reid on another PP, Clarke buried a lose puck with Reid looking left when the puck was right. Shots were 33-17 Cougars after 2.
The third period was the Cam LeSergent show. The former Brave, and current Cougars captain had a career period highlighted by a 4 goal performance. The natural hat-trick + 1, a short-handed goal, a power-play goal, and two even strength. Cougars win 8-1
The Cougars dominated most of the game leading the new goaltender for Saanich to frustration has he received little support out front and faced a Victoria team that started to click as a team. Victoria has plenty of talented players, but aren’t quiet a talented team yet. They are close and this game showed flashes of team brilliance.
Players of the game were Cam LeSergent and Dayton Clarke.
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