Saanich Braves T2 bantam forward Jarrod Lucoe heads up ice during a semifinal game against the Cloverdale Colts at the Richmond International 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.

Bantam Braves best of bunch in Richmond hockey tournament

Saanich squad captures top spot in annual holiday affair

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.