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Colts edge Braves in shootout two nights in a row – Recorder & Times

Tim Ruhnke - R&T

Recorder & Times Staff

Brockville had the advantage in shots again, but it was Cornwall that managed to pick up another victory.

The Colts edged the Braves 3-2 in a shootout at the Memorial Centre on Friday night. It was the back end of a home-and-home; Cornwall had defeated Brockville in a shootout the previous night.

Braves captain Simon Kerr opened the scoring on Friday with a power-play goal at 9:08 of the first period. It was Kerr’s 12th goal of the season. Josh Spratt made it 2-0 late in the period on his 14th goal of the year.

Cuyler Molinaro cut the lead in half with a power-play goal at 15:32 of the second period. The Colts then pulled their goalie late in the third, and Wil McKinley put in the equalizer with 1:23 left in regulation.

There was no scoring in overtime. The outcome was decided in the fourth round of the shootout; last season’s Braves rookie of the year, Emerick Nadeau, scored to give the visiting Colts the win in front of a crowd of just over 500 at the Memorial Centre.

Nadeau and McKinley were named first and second stars respectively, with Kerr received third star. Brockville outshot Cornwall 37-25 in 65 minutes of play. The Braves had outshot the Colts by a margin of more than two to one on Thursday night.

Rico Dimatteo, Thursday’s first star, picked up both wins in net for Cornwall. Brockville goaltender Jake Begley was tagged with his second overtime loss in a row on Friday.

All five games between the two teams so far this season have been decided by one goal.

The Braves (27-8-3-2) will visit Kanata on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Brockville’s next home game is against Smiths Falls on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Braves head coach Randy Jones will serve as an assistant coach for Team East in the CJHL Prospects Game set for Hamilton on Tuesday night.

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