Recorder & Times – Staff
It could have been a six-point showcase for Brockville.
The Braves opened the annual CCHL early-season event at Richcraft Sensplex in Ottawa with a victory on Friday night, but Brockville fell in overtime on Saturday night and again on Sunday. The final game of the weekend was a 3-2 loss to Rockland.
Captain Simon Kerr scored with just under five minutes left in the first period to tie the Nationals 1-1 on Sunday. Rockland regained the lead midway through the second period, but Will Torriani’s unassisted goal at 12:07 of the third ended up sending the game to overtime. Cameron Scrivens’ second of the game 10 seconds into the extra frame gave the Nationals the victory.
Jake Begley made 35 saves for the Braves and was named third star. Scrivens received the first-star honour; second star was Rockland netminder Cole Hudson, who stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced.
The Braves managed to come back from two-goal deficits on Saturday, but Navan picked up the extra point in overtime. Troy Bowditch gave Brockville the lead at 7:37 of the first; however, the Grads were up 3-1 by 6:26 of the second period. Sam Allison cut the lead in half 25 seconds later, but Navan made it 4-2 a short time later. Tyler McBay scored for Brockville at 10:45, but the Grads restored their two-goal lead later in the middle frame. Kerr made it 5-4 50 seconds before intermission, and Brockville’s Justin McRae tied the game seven minutes into the third period.
First star Jackson Arcan scored the winner for Navan at 4:37 of overtime to make the final 6-5. Kerr, who also chipped in with an assist, was named second star. Third star was Jean-Sylvain Boyer of the Grads. Brockville outshot Rockland 44-29; Simon Harkness was in net for the Braves. Each team scored three power-play goals.
The Braves started the weekend with a 3-1 victory against Nepean. Cody Bruchkowski opened the scoring at 13:32 of the first period. Curtis Abbott tied the game later in the opening frame. Mathieu Wuth gave Brockville a 2-1 lead just over five minutes into the third period, and Bruchkowski’s second goal of the night extended the lead with about eight-and-a-half minutes left in regulation.
Begley made 23 saves and was named first star; Bruchkowski received the second-star honour. Raiders netminder Andrew Rose, who made 25 saves in the loss, was named third star.
The Braves (2-1-2) are four points behind Carleton Place and Pembroke and two behind Kanata in the Robinson Division standings. There are no Brockville players in the top 20 in league scoring as of Monday. Bruchkowski and Torriani lead the team with five points each. Begley is sixth in the CCHL in goals-against average at 2.50.
Brockville’s next home game at the Memorial Centre will be with the Cornwall Colts (1-4-0) on Friday night at 7:30.
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