Tim Ruhnke – Recorder & Times
Same score at home and on the road for Brockville.
The Jr. A Braves followed up a win on Friday night with a 3-1 victory in Kemptville on Sunday afternoon. Brockville remains in fifth place overall in the 12-team CCHL, but moved to within one point of the 73’s for second place in the Robinson Division.
Caleb Kean gave the Braves a 1-0 lead at 11:29 of the first period in Kemptville; it was his ninth goal of the season and third since being traded to the Braves earlier this month. Adam Cavallin tied the game at 7:19 of the second.
Owen Belisle’s third goal of the year proved to be the game-winner for Brockville about three minutes into the third period. Ryan Bonfield’s power-play marker and 10th goal of the season gave the Braves some insurance six minutes later. Bonfield, who was also part of the Carleton Place trade that brought Canadians teammate Kean to Brockville, has now scored four goals for the Braves.
The 73’s had a 6-on-4 late in regulation but were unable to score.
Kemptville outshot Brockville 33-18. Sami Molu made 32 saves for the Braves in the win. Tyler Laureault was in goal for the 73’s.
Brockville defenceman Thomas Haynes picked up two assists and was named first star. Second star went to Cavallin. Evan Boucher also picked up two assists for the Braves and was named third star.
On Friday night, the Braves defeated the Rockland Nationals 3-1 in front of a modest crowd of 253 at the Memorial Centre.
There was no scoring on Friday until after the game’s midway point. Evan Boucher scored his 15th goal of the season to give the Braves a 1-0 lead at 11:12 of the second period. Bonfield’s ninth of the year came 69 seconds before intermission and would prove to be the game-winner.
Rockland pulled its goaltender and cut the lead in half with 1:36 left in regulation; it was Tucker Shields’ fifth goal of the season. The Nationals were unable to score the equalizer; Boucher’s empty-netter and second goal of the night went in with about three seconds on the clock.
Brockville outshot Rockland 34-23. Brandon Abbott picked up the win in net for the Braves.
Bonfield and Haynes were named first and second stars respectively. Third star went to Nationals goalie Jack McGovern, who made 31 saves in the loss.
On Tuesday, Haynes was named CCM Player of the Week in the CCHL. Honourable mentions went to Sean James of Smiths Falls, Thomas Freel of Ottawa and Reece Proulx of Pembroke.
Brockville (14-7-0-2) hosts division-leading Pembroke on Friday night.
Fans are being encouraged by the Braves to bring bags filled with “healthy essentials” in support of the Christmas gift bag program led by The Pier Church. Lists of the personal hygiene items for men and women are posted on the Braves’ Facebook page. Anyone who brings a bag filled with all the listed essential items will receive a voucher for free admission to any Braves game the rest of the regular season.
The Lumber Kings are three points up on the Braves and are ranked 14th on this week’s CJHL’s top 20 list of Jr. A teams in Canada, up from 20th last week.
Boucher is tied for second in the CCHL in goals and is sixth in points. Teammate Kean is 11th in points.
Marco Iozzo, Liam Goreski and former captain Jackson Hay were the three Brockville players who went to Carleton Place in exchange for Kean and Bonfield. All three scored in the Canadians’ home win on Friday night; Goreski had a hat trick.
Molu, who also joined the Braves earlier this month, has a save percentage of 0.943 and three wins in four complete games.
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