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Braves edged at home by first-place Grads – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

They’ll be looking to rebound on the road Saturday night.

The Brockville Braves dropped a 3-2 decision to the Navan Grads at the Memorial Centre on Friday night. The loss dropped the Braves to ninth overall in the 12-team Central Canada Hockey League, one point behind Carleton Place and Rockland. Navan is tied with Ottawa for the league lead.

The Grads opened the scoring late in the first period. Navan captain Gabriel Crete’s fourth goal of the season came with about seconds to go before intermission.

The Jr. A Braves tied the game on Kowin Belsterling’s third goal of the year at 4:12 of the second and then took a 2-1 lead at 8:14 on captain Thomas Haynes’ sixth goal of the season.

The third period belonged to Colin MacDougall, who tied the game on a power-play at 9:21 and then scored what would prove to be the game-winner at 13:22.

The Grads had the edge in shots 34-32. Diego D’Alessandro picked up the win in net for Navan. Sami Molu made 31 saves for the Braves.

MacDougall and Belsterling were named first and second stars. Third star went to Navan’s Max Donohoe, who picked up two assists.

Attendance at the Memorial Centre was listed at 524.

Brockville (10-11) will be on the road Saturday; the Braves will face the Hawks (10-7-1-3) in Hawkesbury at 7 p.m. The Hawks were edged 3-2 by Ottawa on Friday night.

In other CCHL action, the Smiths Falls Bears kept pace with the league leaders by defeating the Kemptville 73’s 6-1. Owen Watson and Hunter Brown scored twice for the home team; singles went to Trevor Faucher and Alec Hamady. Nicholas Bennett had Kemptville’s lone goal.

Will McEvoy picked up the win in net of the Bears. Jacob Biron was tagged with the loss. The Bears outshot the 73’s 42-36.

Brown. Watson and Bennett were named first, second and third stars respectively.

Smiths Falls (15-6-0-1) will host Ottawa (15-4-2) on Sunday afternoon at 2. The Bears trail the Jr. Senators and Grads by one point.

Kemptville (6-11-3) heads up the valley to take on the Lumber Kings (5-12-1-1) in Pembroke on Sunday night.

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