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Elliott hat trick in third, Braves come back to defeat Colts – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

Their finish was much better than their start.

The Jr. A Braves came back from a three-goal deficit in the first period to defeat the Cornwall Colts 5-3 at the Memorial Centre on Friday night. Brockville improved its CCHL regular-season record to 13-12 and remains tied for seventh overall in the 12-team league.

The Colts got rolling in the second half of the first period and were up 3-0 late in the third frame on goals by Dominic Martin, Bradley Fraser – on a power play – and Ben Lapier.

Nate Burelle scored his first goal for the Braves on a power play at 6:10 of the second period to cut the lead to two. Colin Elliott made it a one-goal game just over four minutes into the third. It was his seventh goal of the year.

Lucas Culhane’s 10th goal of the season tied the game on a power play at 7:10. Elliott’s second of the period would prove to be the game-winner at 13:39. He made it a hat trick less than two minutes later to give the home team a two-goal advantage.

Cornwall pulled its goalie with just over one minute to go in regulation but was unable to score.

The Colts outshot the Braves 29-22. Sami Molu picked up the win in net. Dax Easter, who is from Brockville, was tagged with the loss.

Elliott, who also got an assist on Burelle’s goal, was named first star. Cornwall’s Nathan Garnier was second star. Third star went to Markus Grajnar Ptok, who picked up an assist for the Braves.

Memorial Centre attendance was listed at 497.

Brockville’s next game is a Sunday matinee in Carleton Place. The Canadians (14-8-0-2) are tied for fifth overall.

Elsewhere in the CCHL Friday night, the third-place Smiths Falls Bears defeated Nepean 6-3. Trevor Faucher scored twice for the Bears; singles went to Garrett Joss, Alec Hamady, Conor Ronayne and Thomas Gangl. Will McEvoy picked up the win in net for Smiths Falls (14-8-0-2), which will visit Pembroke Sunday night.

The Kemptville 73’s were edged 3-2 by Hawkesbury. Khaden Henry and Hunter Brazier scored for Kemptville. The 73’s are tied for ninth at 10-13-3.

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