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Braves blank Raiders for first shutout of season – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

They were even in shots but not where it counted more.

The Brockville Braves defeated the Nepean Raiders 5-0 at the Memorial Centre on Friday night. It was the first shutout of the season for the Jr. A Braves, who are now 11-12 and tied with Rockland for eighth overall in the 12-team Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL).

Lucas Culhane scored what would prove to be the game-winner about 13 minutes into the first period. It was the assistant captain’s ninth goal of the season. Picking up an assist was Nate Burelle in his first game with the Braves since being acquired from Trenton of the OJHL earlier in the week.

Brockville put the game out of reach with three power-play goals during a four-minute stretch early in the second period. Eric Barnard made it 2-0 at 1:22; it was his third goal of the year. Nick Foster gave the Braves a three-goal advantage at 4:23; it was his third goal of the season and first with the Braves after being acquired from Pembroke.

Brockville Captain Thomas Haynes made it 4-0 at 5:22. The blueliner now has seven goals on the year.

Kyle Powers’ fifth goal capped the scoring at 14:38 of the middle frame.

Both teams had 34 shots on net. Sami Molu picked up the shutout for the Braves and was named first star. Luca Sandu made 29 saves for the Raiders.

Second star went to Culhane, who also chipped in with an assist Friday. Tyler Melvin of Nepean was named third star.

Attendance at the Memorial Centre was listed at 552.

Just before the game on Friday, members of the St. Mary Catholic High School senior girls basketball team gathered on the ice in front of the Braves bench and players for a group photo. The girls were recognized for winning the Ontario (OFSAA) A championship last weekend.

Up next for the Braves are the Bears in Smiths Falls on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The third-place Bears improved to 16-7-0-1 with a 7-3 win at home against Navan on Friday night.

The Kemptville 73’s kept pace with the Braves by edging Carleton Place 5-4 in a shootout on Friday night. Kemptville (9-11-3) trails Brockville and Rockland by one point. The 73’s visit Nepean on Sunday afternoon. The Raiders (5-15-0-2) are tied for 11th with Pembroke.

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