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Braves more confident, consistent: Coach – Recorder & Times

Tim Ruhnke - R&T

Recorder & Times Staff

Things continue to progress for the Brockville Braves.

The Braves, who won both of their home games this past weekend and have a record of 9-4-3, were in third place sandwiched between Kanata and Pembroke in the CCHL Robinson Division standings as of Wednesday. Brockville will host the Cornwall Colts at the Memorial Centre on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Braves’ most recent game was a 2-1 win against Hawkesbury on Sunday afternoon. Goaltender Aidan Hosein, a recent addition to the Brockville roster, made 18 saves in the victory and was named second star.

“I thought he stood tall for us back there and did a great job,” head coach Randy Jones said in an interview Wednesday. “We’re all pretty proud of him.”

The Braves had strong defensive zone coverage in front of Hosein and limited the Hawks to a lot of outside shots, observed the coach. Special teams accounted for both goals in the matinee; one was on the power-play, and the other was a shorty during a penalty kill that ended up being the game-winner.

“It’s a great thing to have,” Jones said of the opportunity to jump up and score on an odd-man rush or on a quick play after a face-off in the opponents’ end while trying to prevent them from doing the same with the man advantage.

The team isn’t concerned about where the goals come from as long as the Braves have more than the other team, he remarked.

Jones believes that the club’s jumps and progression during the last three to four weeks have been great, noting that the players are buying into the system and understand their strengths and the way they need to play. This past weekend showed how the Braves can be successful when they play with consistency and confidence, according to the bench boss.

“We’re a hard team to play against, and it’s a lot of fun to watch as a coach” Jones stated.

With 12 goals so far this season including the game-winning shorty on Sunday, Braves assistant captain Justin McRae was in third place in the league on Wednesday. Former teammate Emerick Nadeau of the Colts was fourth with 11 goals. Matthew Vermaeten of Rockland was leading with 15.

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