Tim Ruhnke – Recorder & Times
Even with their recent success, the Brockville Braves are still focusing on the next game.
Winners of 13 games in a row, the Braves will take on the Lasers in Kanata on Thursday night. Jake Begley, third in the CCHL in goals-against average, is expected to get the start in net for Brockville.
The Braves will then host the Ottawa Jr. Senators at the Brockville Memorial Centre on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Sitting comfortably in second place in the CCHL’s Robinson Division, Brockville (20-4-3) has an eight-point lead on third-place Kanata with two games in hand.
“We’re playing consistent and everything, but we’re not satisfied,” Braves head coach Randy Jones said in an interview. “Our boys know they still have more in them individually and as a team.”
In addition to leading the division with 54 points, Carleton Place leads the 12-team league in goals for and goals against as well as in power-play and penalty-kill efficiencies (27.7 and 86.9 per cent respectively). The Braves are second in goals against, sixth in goals for and the penalty kill (84.4), and seventh on the power play (17.3).
“For me, it’s the timing of them.”
It’s not just the percentages when it comes to judging the success of special teams, according to Jones.
“Right now, we’re finding ways to win,” he said in an interview Tuesday.
Jones cited examples from the most recent victories. In the comeback victory against Ottawa last Wednesday, the Braves trailed 3-0 midway through the game. Brockville managed to prevent the Jr. Senators from scoring on several power-play opportunities in the second and third periods. The Braves’ tying and go-ahead goals were both with the man advantage.
“Our special teams won that game,” Jones commented.
There was no sense of panic when Brockville found itself down three goals to one of the better teams in the league.
“You’re not going to score three goals in one shift,” Braves captain Simon Kerr said after practice Wednesday. “So you just try to chip away at the block. You get one goal, you focus on your next shift.”
In the home game against Navan on Friday night, the Braves killed off a major and a five-on-three in the first period and got to intermission up 3-0. They went on to win 7-4.
As for the winning streak, Kerr indicated the players are “talking about it a little bit” but aren’t too focused on it.
“We’re trying to take it game by game. It’s a long season,” stated the captain, who added that where the team ends up at the end of the season is what’s most important.
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