Recorder & Times Staff
A Tiki came up big for the Braves on Sunday.
Colin Stacey’s two-goal performance helped give the Brockville Braves a 4-1 victory in Smiths Falls. Stacey opened the scoring in the second period and then gave Brockville a three-goal lead in the third after teammate Ryan Gillespie had made it 2-0 on a power play earlier in the period. Thomas Quick put the home team on the board with 1:48 to play in regulation. Troy Bowditch scored an empty-netter for the Braves with six seconds on the clock. They were the fifth goals of the season for Bowditch and Gillespie.
Jake Begley made 28 saves for Brockville, who outshot the Bears 34-29.
Stacey leads Brockville’s Jr. B team with 13 goals and is fourth in scoring in the CCHL2.
The Sunday matinee was Brockville’s second win of the weekend and fourth in a row. In one of the faster games in the CCHL this season, the Braves defeated the Cornwall Colts 1-0 in front of a crowd of 450 at the Memorial Centre on Friday. Jr.
A Braves captain Simon Kerr scored what would prove to be the game-winner on a power play just over seven minutes into the first period; it was his sixth goal of the season. Former Colt Konnor MacCormick picked up an assist, as did Justin McRae. Brockville outshot Cornwall 15-3 in the opening period.
There was no scoring in the second period, during which the Braves outshot the Colts 14-6. Only one minor penalty was called in each of the first two periods; Cornwall was assessed both penalties.
There were only two penalties called in the third period; the latter was against the Braves, giving the Colts a power-play opportunity with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Cornwall pulled its goalie with just under a minute left on the clock, but Brockville managed to withstand the 6-on-4 and prevent the visitors from forcing overtime.
Colts netminder Rico Dimatteo kept his team in the game; he made 37 saves and was named first star. Simon Harkness faced 13 shots and picked up the shutout win for the Braves. Kerr and McRae were named second and third stars respectively.
With the weekend wins, Brockville (11-4-3) is tied with Kanata for second place in the Robinson Division. Carleton Place continues to lead the division by 10 points; Brockville has three games in hand.
The Braves host Rockland (14-5-0-1) on Friday night. The Nationals are in first place in the Yzerman Division, and Rockland received an honourable mention in this week’s CJHL’s top 20 Canada-wide rankings.
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