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Bantam Braves best of bunch in Richmond hockey tournament

Saanich Braves T2 bantam forward Jarrod Lucoe heads up ice during a semifinal game against the Cloverdale Colts at the Richmond International Hockey Tournament. - Jennifer Blyth photo
Saanich Braves T2 bantam forward Jarrod Lucoe heads up ice during a semifinal game against the Cloverdale Colts at the Richmond International Hockey Tournament.
— image credit: Jennifer Blyth photo

The Saanich Braves T2 bantam reps wound up 2013 in style, winning the Richmond International Hockey Tournament with a thrilling 6-5 overtime win over the Everett Jr. Silvertips on New Year’s Eve.

Ryan Strange buried the game winner 12 minutes into the extra frame, converting a pass from defenceman Jake Wilhelm.

The Braves won their pool with a 3-0 record, then beat Richmond 12-1 in the quarter-finals and Cloverdale 6-2 in the semis to advance to the final.

Marty Westhaver led Saanich in scoring over the tournament with 22 points. Goalies Lance Johnson and Stephen Neale were solid, posting a collective 2.00 goals against average over the weekend.

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