Saanich Braves player Brandon Fushimi

Bucs beat Braves with late goals

The Nanaimo Buccaneers beat the Saanich Braves 3-1 on Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Playing in a fast-paced game, the Nanaimo Buccaneers had another gear and so they were able to win.

The Bucs beat the Saanich Braves 3-1 on Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Nanaimo played one of its best games of the season, but the score was still 0-0 with just over five minutes left and the home team needed some late-game heroics to come up with the victory.

“To get rewarded with a win against a good team like Saanich tonight for that effort was great to see and it’s going to build our confidence going forward,” said Dan Lemmon, Buccaneers coach.

He said the team brought a full 60-minute effort.

“We didn’t get much puck luck early in the game and we kind of stuck to our defensive game and kept getting pucks in deep and eliminated their chances,” Lemmon said.

Chad Bell, who scored two goals, said even in crunch time, the Buccaneers stuck to their game plan and kept executing it.

“I thought we did a good job limiting their shots tonight and just did a good job of shutting them down…” the team captain said. “The whole team, all four lines and all three D pairs, had a great effort out there; Johnny [Hawthorne] did a good job in net.”

Bell broke the tie when he won a race to get to a pass from linemate Danny Pion. He got just enough of the puck and crashed the crease to help it get over the goal line. Nolan Richardson scored a short-handed goal three minutes later when he stole a puck and went in alone on a breakaway. While the Braves scored to get within one, Bell added an empty netter to ice the win.

Hawthorne made 23 saves as the Bucs outshot the Braves 30-24.

The day before, the Buccaneers edged the Westshore Wolves 3-2 in Victoria. Jayden Schubert scored the game-winning goal with three minutes left and Clayton Peace and Cale Cripps were the other Nanaimo scorers. Hawthorne made 30 saves in that one as his team was outshot 32-25.

The Buccaneers have one more game this week, a road tilt Saturday (Oct. 15) against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

“Today was a full team effort,” Lemmon said. “If we bring that for Comox, we’re going to be there for a result again … If we play like we did tonight, we’ve got a chance to beat any team, any given day in this league.”

GAME ON … The Bucs and Yetis meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. Next home action for the Buccaneers is Thursday (Oct. 20) when the Wolves visit the NIC for a 7:15 p.m. game.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Mount Benson park users now have 100 more parking spaces

Regional District of Nanaimo opens new parking lot on Benson View Road

Nanaimo masters win track and field titles

Nanaimo Track and Field Club athletes take gold at provincials

Nanaimo council grants development permit for 170 apartments near Long Lake

Concerns raised over traffic around Rutherford Road

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

RCMP investigating suspicious fire at Nanaimo apartment building

Early morning fire ignited under balcony at building on Glen Eagle Crescent

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

Editorial: Make it out to the night market this summer

First Commercial Street Night Market of the summer is this Thursday, June 20

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read