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Harkness makes 41 saves in Braves win – Recorder & Times

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Recorder & Times Staff

The Brockville Braves returned to their winning ways on Sunday afternoon.

The Jr. A Braves picked up a 3-1 victory in Kanata. It was Brockville’s third game in four days and after falling in shootouts to Cornwall on Thursday and Friday night.

Ben Dirven gave the Braves a 1-0 lead about six minutes into the first period against the Lasers on Sunday; it was his fifth goal of the season. Mathieu Wuth’s fourth goal of the year made it 2-0 at 15:22 of the first.

Brockville went up by three at 16:41 of the second period, when Will Torriani scored his eighth goal of the season. Martin Templeton, who had recently been traded to Kanata by the Braves, made it 3-1 just over a minute later on a power play. The Lasers pulled their goalie with about 2:12 left in regulation, but they were unable to cut into Brockville’s lead.

Braves goaltender Simon Harkness made 41 saves and was named first star of the game; Kanata outshot Brockville 42-39. Wuth, who also picked up an assist, was named second star. Third star went to Liam Markhauser of the Lasers.

The Braves (28-8-3-2) are in second place in the CCHL’s Robinson Division, 16 points behind Carleton Place (with Brockville having five games in hand on the Canadians) and 16 points ahead of third-place Pembroke. Kanata is in fourth place, two points behind the Lumber Kings.

Brockville dropped out of the CJHL’s top 20 but received an honourable mention as part of the weekly Canada-wide list posted on Monday. The previous list ranked Brockville 18th; Carleton Place remains fourth in the national rankings.

The Braves will host fifth-place Smiths Falls (19-17-2-1) at the Brockville Memorial Centre on Wednesday; puck drops at 11 a.m. Brockville does not have a Friday night home game this week; the Braves will play in Hawkesbury.

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