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Wolves, Braves open Jr. B hockey playoffs tonight in Colwood

Westshore Wolves top Braves in South Division series warmup

The focus for the Westshore Wolves won’t be Sunday’s 10-1 loss to Victoria in their regular season finale.

More important was the 3-2 win they recorded in Saanich last Friday, a game that previewed the teams’ best-of-seven Vancouver Island Hockey League playoff series opening tonight (Feb. 18, 7 p.m.) at The Q Centre.

The Wolves, who long ago nailed down second place in the South Division, emerged victorious in a defensive battle that saw the teams total 30 shots and score two power play goals each.

Cory Hatcher scored twice and Tyler Smith once to pace the Wolves, who built period leas of 1-0 and 3-1.

Sunday’s loss in Esquimalt came in a mean-nothing game with many Wolves veterans sitting out.