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Bears edge Braves in overtime – Recorder & Times

Aidan Yarde scored both of Brockville's goals in the Braves' 3-2 overtime loss to the Bears in Smiths Falls on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Recorder & Times Staff

It was a relatively quiet game until the third period.

The Jr. A Braves and Bears were scoreless entering the final frame in Smiths Falls on Tuesday night but were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. Matthew Dimaline then scored the game-winner for the home team at 1:16 of overtime to give the Bears a 3-2 victory.

Aidan Yarde had given Brockville the lead at 1:16 of the third; it was his sixth goal of the season. Conor Ronayne responded for Smiths Falls at 7:58; he now has 12 goals for the year.

Former Braves captain Thomas Haynes gave the Bears the lead at 11:54; it was his 10th goal of the season. Yarde’s second unassisted goal of the period evened the score with just over a minute and a half to go in regulation.

Dimaline’s game-winner was his eighth goal of the year.

Smiths Falls outshot Brockville 26-21. Will McEvoy picked up the win in net for the Bears. Sami Molu, who had received another honourable mention as part of the CCHL Player of the Week honours, was tagged with the OT loss.

Brockville (17-15-4-1) remains in seventh place in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). The Braves will host first-place Ottawa ( 29-5-3-1) on Friday night.

Third-place Smiths Falls (23-10-1-2) will host the 10th-place Cornwall Colts (15-18-1-1) on Friday night.

In the other CCHL game Tuesday night. the 73’s edged the Pembroke Lumber Kings 4-3 in a shootout in Kemptville. Hunter Brazier scored in the third round to give the home team the victory. Emile Trottier had two goals for the 73’s; Grady Logue also scored for Kemptville,

The 73’s outshot the Lumber Kings 52-31. Jacob Biron picked up the win in net. Isaac Wilson made 48 saves for Pembroke.

Trottier, Brazier and Wilson were named the three stars.

The win lifted Kemptville past Cornwall and into ninth place, one point behind Rockland. The 73’s (14-17-4-1) will host fifth-place Renfrew (21-11-1-2) on Friday night.

Eight teams will advance to the CCHL quarter-finals in mid-March.

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