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Braves lose game four, trail Hawkesbury 3-1 – R&T

Recorder & Times Staff

It’s a challenge with which they are familiar.

The Brockville Braves are one loss away from being eliminated from the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) playoffs. The Braves fell 6-2 to Hawkesbury at the Memorial Centre on Friday night; it was game four of their best-of-seven semi-final series, which the Hawks now lead 3-1.

Hawkesbury now has the chance to win the series at home on Saturday night.

Brockville had a 2-1 lead in the second period on Friday, but the Hawks pulled even and then went ahead to stay later in the middle frame. Hawkesbury took a 4-2 lead into the third and added two more, including an empty-netter with just under six minutes left in regulation.

Jeremy Quesnel scored twice for the Hawks. Felix Sauve scored the game-winner for Hawkesbury. Also scoring for the Hawks were former Brave Josh Spratt, Thomas Cusson and captain Mark Cooper.

William Godfrey’s first goal of the playoffs had given Brockville a 1-0 lead at 6:22 of the first. Jack McDonald of the Braves scored his first goal of the post-season to break a 1-1 tie at 6:33 of the second. Cooper had scored a shorty midway through the first.

In addition to outscoring Brockville 3-1 in the second, Hawkesbury outshot the Braves 22-5 in the middle period. The Hawks ended the game with a 34-18 advantage in shots.

Matthew Tovell picked up the road win in net for Hawkesbury. Sami Molu made 28 saves and was named second star of the game.

Quesnel received the first star; third star went to McDonald.

Attendance in Brockville was listed at 790.

The Hawks have outshot the Braves 153-81 in the series.

The Braves would host game six on Monday night at 7.

Brockville also trailed its quarter-final series with Pembroke 3-1 but won three elimination games in a row – the last one being a four-overtime thriller last Friday night – to advance to the next round.

In the other CCHL semi-final series Friday night, the Jr. Senators doubled the Wolves 4-2 in Renfrew to take a 3-1 lead into game five in Ottawa Saturday night.

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