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Braves Eliminated from Semis in Game 5 – R&T

Recorder & Times Staff

Their season has come to an end.

The Brockville Braves were eliminated from the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) playoffs on Saturday night. The Jr. A Braves lost 5-1 to the Hawks in Hawkesbury in game five of their best-of-seven semi-final series. The Hawks won the series 4-1 and will face the Ottawa Jr. Senators in the Bogart Cup finals.

Jeremy Quesnel, who scored twice in the Hawks’ 6-2 win in Brockville Friday night, opened the scoring on Saturday. His eighth goal of the playoffs was on a power play at 4:42 of the first period. A second power-play goal by Hawkesbury captain Mark Cooper made it 2-0 56 seconds before intermission.

The Hawks outshot the Braves 11-9 in the opening period.

Brockville got on the board early in the second. Nick Dowling’s first goal of the post-season cut the lead in half at 1:14.

Twenty seconds later, Jeremy Tremblay restored Hawkesbury’s two-goal lead. Thirty-five seconds after that, Thomas Cusson made it 4-1 for the Hawks.

Kerfalla Toure scored his 10th goal of the playoffs to give the home team a 5-1 lead at 9:18 of the middle frame. That would be it for scoring.

Hawkesbury outshot the Braves 36-28. Matthew Tovell picked up the win in net for the Hawks. Sami Molu, who was the starter for Brockville in all 12 of its playoff games, made 31 saves.

A crowd of 445 was on hand at the Robert Hartley arena, according to game states posted by the league.

The Braves had finished the regular season third overall in the 12-team league. Brockville came back from a 3-1 series deficit in the quarter-finals and edged Pembroke in the fourth overtime period of game seven two Fridays ago.

Hawkesbury was second overall.

Ottawa won the other CCHL semi-final series at home on Saturday night. The top-seeded Jr. Senators defeated the Renfrew Wolves to win the series 4-1.

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