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Braves remain second best in CCHL – Recorder & Times

Tim Ruhnke - R&T

Recorder & Times Staff

Avoiding penalty trouble seems to be working for the Brockville Braves.

The Jr. A Braves solidified their position as the second team overall in the CCHL with a pair of victories on the weekend. After racking up four power-play goals in a home win against Nepean Friday night, Brockville picked up a 4-1 victory in Navan on Sunday afternoon.

Austin Paul gave the Braves a 1-0 lead at 14:34 of the first period on Sunday; it was his 17th goal of the season. Ryan Gillespie’s 16th goal of the year was a power-play marker at 17:58, giving Brockville a two-goal lead.

Jackson Arcan cut the lead in half six-and-a-half minutes into the second, but Parker Casey restored the Braves’ two-goal cushion at 2:18 of the third. Casey’s second of the game and 10th of the season was an empty-netter with 29 seconds left in regulation.

Jake Begley played all but 29 seconds of the game and made 29 saves to pick up the win in net for Brockville, which outshot the Grads 36-31. Navan’s Andrew Gunlock was named first star; Casey and teammate Josh Barnes were the second and third stars.

With head coach Randy Jones absent from the bench Friday night, the Braves coasted to a 5-1 win at the Memorial Centre.

Riley Twofoot’s second goal of the season gave the home team the lead at 6:36 of the first period on Friday. Justin McRae made it 2-0 35 seconds into the second; it was his 23rd goal of the season. Josh Spratt’s 15th of the season less than two minutes later gave Brockville a three-goal lead. Josh Barnes scored his seventh of the year at 8:10 to make it 4-0.

Patrick Larkin scored Nepean’s lone goal of the night on a power play at 13:20 of the middle frame. Mathieu Wuth restored the four-goal late in the third on his sixth goal of the season.

Twofoot’s goal was the only one of the night that wasn’t on a power play.

Spratt, who racked up three assists, was named first star. McRae and Larkin were the second and third stars respectively.

The Braves edged the Raiders 33-31 in the shots department. Simon Harkness made 30 saves for Brockville and picked up the victory.

Post-snowstorm attendance at the Memorial Centre was 131.

Brockville (33-11-3-4) will host Kemptville on Friday night.

The Braves were left off the CJHL’s top 20 list and honourable mention list for the second week in a row on Monday. Carleton Place dropped from third to eighth; no other CCHL teams have been on the list for months.

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