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Braves’ comeback falls short – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

The first two periods between the pipes were rough for Brockville.

The Braves trailed Kanata 6-0 after 40 minutes at the Memorial Centre on Friday night, and the Lasers managed to hang on for a 6-5 victory. It was Brockville’s final home game before the Christmas break.

The Braves gave up two goals in the first period and found themselves trailing 3-0 34 seconds into the second. Brockville starter Simon Harkness was pulled, and Jake Begley replaced him. Paul Larabie scored his second goal of the period at 12:26 to give the visitors a four-goal lead. Kanata added two goals in the next five minutes and led 6-0 at intermission. The Lasers were being outshot 28-21 at that point of the game.

Harkness was back in net for the Braves in the third period, when the home team scored four goals in less than four minutes to get back into the game. Riley Twofoot’s first goal for Brockville put the home team on the board at 7:56; less than a minute later, Anthony Biniaris scored his second goal of the year to make it 6-2. Ryan Gillespie’s 12th goal of the season cut the lead to three just past the midway point of the period, and then Twofoot’s second goal of the night 41 seconds later brought the Braves to within two of Kanata with just over nine minutes left in the period.

With the Brockville net empty, Braves captain Simon Kerr scored on a power play to make it 6-5 with 21 seconds in regulation. It was Kerr’s eighth goal of the season. However, the Braves were unable to complete the comeback and force overtime.

Brockville outshot the Lasers 53-24. Jean-Phillippe Tourigny picked up the win in net for the Lasers. Kanata’s Dylan McMahon was named first star of the game; Twofoot and Larabie were the second and third stars. Santa Claus and 487 other hockey fans were on hand at the Memorial Centre.

Brockville (25-7-3) remains in second place in the CCHL’s Robinson Division. With the victory, Kanata (18-14-1-4) moved one point ahead of Pembroke and into third place.

The Braves will play their final game of 2019 in Hawkesbury on Saturday night at 7:30.

Original story at Recorder.ca