Braves battle Panthers in Saanich soiree

Saanich Braves, Peninsula Panthers meet for second time in three days Friday

Durable scorer James Kellington returns to lead the Saanich Braves in 2011-12. Kellington had a goal and assist against in the Braves' opening game loss to Kerry Park Islanders

Durable scorer James Kellington returns to lead the Saanich Braves in 2011-12. Kellington had a goal and assist against in the Braves' opening game loss to Kerry Park Islanders

The Saanich Braves make the short trip up Saanich Road to Panorama Recreation Centre on Friday (Sept. 16) to play the reigning B.C. champion Peninsula Panthers.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Panthers (1-2) edged the Braves (1-1-1) in a mid-week meetup on Wednesday, 4-3 in overtime. Cole Peterson scored the game winner with 97 seconds left in OT.

Nick Vanstone scored two for Saanich and rookie forward Connor Krupa scored his first junior-B goal. Scoring during regulation for Peninsula was Dane Gibson with two and Cody Allison with the other.

The Braves split their first two games, bouncing back from a 7-6 loss to the Kerry Park Islanders on Friday (Sept. 9) with a 4-2 win over the Oceanside Generals on Saturday (Sept. 10).

Peninsula started slow, as the league champions from the past two seasons lost its first two games, 5-2 and 3-1 to the Comox Valley Glaciers.

Peninsula continues the weekend