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Braves pull out win against Raiders – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

They gave up four power-play goals but still managed to pick up two points.

The Brockville Braves came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Nepean Raiders 7-5 at the Memorial Centre on Friday night. Owen Rainey scored the game-winner at 8:12 of the third period and Lucas Culhane sealed the victory with an empty-netter with about 25 seconds left in regulation.

Brockville grabbed the early lead 17 seconds after puck drop, when Marco Iozzo scored his fourth goal of the season. Coleman Bennett tied the game on a power play at 5:54, and Owen Hollingsworth gave Nepean the lead on another power play about three minutes later.

Patrick Lanthier’s power-play goal at 12:07 of the opening period drew the Braves even with the Raiders, and Liam Goreski gave Brockville a 3-2 lead at 3:56 of the second. Nepean responded with two power-play goals in 38 seconds from Zachary Lefebvre and Anthony Rivard a few minutes later to take the lead. Braves starting goaltender Kiron Morioka was pulled; Philip Rondina came in and gave up a goal 32 seconds later. The Raiders were up 5-3.

But Rondina settled in and Brockville’s comeback began late in the second. Colin Elliott made it 5-4 at 16:30, and Evan Boucher scored his 10th goal of the year 37 seconds later to tie the game.

The Braves, who didn’t have Colin Stacey or Luke Tchor in the lineup, outshot Nepean 35-27. Rondina was credited with the win.

Rainey was named first star. Second and third stars went to Nolan Mozer and Lefebvre of the Raiders.

Attendance at the Memorial Centre was listed at 403.

Brockville (7-3-0-1) is tied with Kemptville for first place in the Robinson Division standings. The Braves do not have a second game this weekend.

A team of CCHL All-Stars will take on the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in an exhibition game at the Jim Durrell Sports Complex in Ottawa on Saturday night. Boucher and Brockville teammate Michael Palandra were named to the all-star squad.

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