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Colts drop Braves in shootout – Recorder & Times

Tim Ruhnke - R&T

Recorder & Times Staff

Round one went to the home team.

The Cornwall Colts edged the Brockville Braves 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night. The game opened a home-and-home series between the two CCHL teams; Brockville will host the closer at the Memorial Centre on Friday night at 7:30.

Wil McKinley gave the Colts a 1-0 lead about 14 minutes into the first period. Kobe Tallman made it 2-0 four minutes into the second. Matthew Shanklin’s first goal as a Brave cut the lead in half at 11:03, and then Brockville’s Parker Casey tied the game at 14:55 of the second; it was his seventh goal of the season. Both of Brockville’s goals were on power plays.

Former Colt Ben Dirven gave the Braves a 3-2 lead at 8:15 of the third. Bryan O’Mara tied the game at 11:34, and there was no more scoring the rest of the way. Brockville had a huge advantage – 57-21 – in shots over 65 minutes.

Cornwall picked up the extra point when Charlie Campbell got the only goal in the shootout.

Rico Dimatteo, who made 54 saves for the Colts, was named first star. McKinley and Shanklin were second and third stars respectively. Jake Begley took the overtime loss in net for Braves.

A crowd of 620 was on hand at the Ed Lumley Arena.

Brockville (27-8-3-1) remains in second place in the Robinson Division. First-place Carleton Place won on Thursday night and is now 15 points ahead of the Braves, who have five games in hand on the Canadians.

Cornwall (14-26-1-1) is now tied for fourth in the Yzerman Division.

There are going to be some new and old faces in the Brockville lineup moving forward. The Braves announced on Twitter on Friday that forward Sam Allison and a professional development fee had been sent to Cornwall in exchange for forward Josh Barnes. Brockville also reacquired goaltender Antoine Bourdeau from Markham in exchange for netminder Aidan Hosein.

Defenceman Martin Templeton was traded by Brockville to Kanata for forward Austin Paul.

Original story at Recorder.ca