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Braves edge Grads – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

With the exception of the late first period and early second period, it was a good night for the Brockville Braves on Friday.

The Braves edged the Navan Grads 5-4 at the Memorial Centre. The victory moved Brockville (8-4-3) into a second-place tie with Kanata in the CCHL’s Robinson Division standings.

Justin McRae’s 11th goal of the season came on a power play at 4:11 of the opening period to give Brockville the early lead; Josh Spratt made it 2-0 at 11:29; it was his fifth goal of the year.

Navan scored on a power play with 40 seconds left in the period and then tied the game 15 seconds into the second. The Grads then took the lead at 1:39 of the middle frame. Benjamin Dirven’s first goal as a Brave made it 3-3 just over four minutes into the second, and Mathieu Halle gave the home team the lead midway through the period; it was his fourth of the season. Sam Allison’s fifth goal of the year came on a power play at 14:45 and proved to be the game-winner. Navan scored with one second left on the clock to make the final 5-4.

The Grads outshot the Braves 34-24. Jake Begley made 30 saves to pick up the win in net for Brockville. McRae and teammate Konnor MacCormick, who chipped in with three assists, were named first and second stars. Jean-Sylvain Boyer of Navan was named third star.

Navan’s record is now 6-10.

Attendance on Friday night was listed at 403.

The Braves play another home game on Sunday afternoon, when the Hawkesbury Hawks visit the Memorial Centre for a 3 o’clock start.

McRae’s 11 goals has him tied for third in the league with former teammate Emerick Nadeau of the Cornwall Colts.

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