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Braves pull ahead in third, defeat 73’s – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

Brockville opened the Family Day weekend on a winning note.

The Jr. A Braves defeated the Kemptville 73’s 5-2 at the Memorial Centre on Friday night. The victory gives Brockville a three-point lead on Rockland for second overall in the 12-team CCHL.

Parker Casey’s 11th goal of the season gave the Braves a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Madoka Suzuki tied the game midway through the second period, but Brockville’s Jost Spratt made it 2-1 at 13:15. Chase Broda responded less than a minute later to draw Kemptville even.

Austin Paul scored what would prove to be the game-winner at 3:07 of the third; it was his 18th goal of the season and third since coming to the Braves from Kanata. Ben Dirven’s sixth goal of the year made it 4-2 for the Braves at 8:01, and Ryan Gillespie added an empty-netter with 1:20 left in regulation. Gillsepie now has 17 goals this season.

Brockville outshot Kemptville 28-24. Jake Begley picked up the win in net for the Braves. Casey, Paul and Suzuki were the game’s first, second and third stars respectively. A small crowd of 152 was on hand at the Memorial Centre.

The Braves (34-11-3-4), who are in second place in the Robinson Division, travel to Pembroke for a Sunday night game. The Braves will be right back at it on the holiday Monday. Rockland will be in town for a 1:15 puck drop at the Memorial Centre. The Nationals lead the Yzerman Division.

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