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Caleb Kean shines in Brockville debut – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

It was a good start for one of the newest Braves.

Caleb Kean scored two goals and added an assist in Brockville’s 7-4 win at home against the Smiths Falls Bears on Friday night. Kean and Carleton Place teammate Ryan Bonfield had been traded to the Braves earlier in the week.

Brockville jumped out to a 3-0 lead over its County Road 29 rival at the Memorial Centre on goals by Owen Rainey, Matthew Donovan and Nicholas Dowling. Sean James put the Bears on the board 40 seconds before the first intermission.

Kean’s first goal with the Braves and his seventh of the season made it 4-1 at 2:24 of the second. Will Rivet cut the lead to two at 9:51, but Kean’s second of the period would prove to be the game-winner.

Ty Campbell scored consecutive power-play goals for Smiths Falls to make it a 5-4 game midway through the third. Brockville assistant captain Kevin Fitzgerald’s first goal of the year provided some insurance for the Braves at 13:39, and Evan Boucher put it away with a power-play goal with 57 seconds in regulation. It was his 13th goal of the season.

The Braves outshot the Bears 40-22. Brandon Abbott picked up the win in net for Brockville; Victor Desjardins was the Smiths Falls goalie.

Kean and James were named first and second stars respectively. Third star went to Owen Belisle of the Braves; he had chipped in with two assists.

Attendance at the Memorial Centre was listed at 500.

Brockville (10-5-0-2) remains in third place in the CCHL’s Robinson Division and fifth overall in the 12-team Jr. A league. Smiths Falls (4-13-1-0) is in last place.

The Braves will visit Carleton Place on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Canadians (7-9-0-1) lost 5-3 to division-leading Kemptville Friday night. Former Brave Liam Goreski, who had been traded to Carleton Place along with teammates Marco Iozzo and now-former captain Jackson Hay earlier in the week, had a goal and an assist.

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