Tim Ruhnke – Recorder & Times
It was quite a comeback for the Brockville Braves.
The Braves scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Ottawa Jr. Senators 5-3 in Carleton Place on Wednesday as part of the CCHL’s mid-season showcase. The win extended Brockville’s winning streak to 12 games.
Ottawa opened the scoring late in the first period on Mark MacPhee’s third goal of the season. The Braves managed just three shots on net in the opening frame.
MacPhee’s second of the game gave the Jr. Senators a 2-0 lead three minutes into the second. Ottawa’s lead grew to three midway through the period, when Thomas Freel scored his 15th goal of the year. Brockville finally got on the scoreboard at 17:11 of the middle frame on Ryan Gillespie’s seventh of the season.
The Braves made it 3-2 at 8:16 of the third period on Troy Bowditch’s ninth of the season. Brockville drew even with Ottawa on a power play about five minutes later; it was Mathieu Wuth’s second goal of the year.
Justin McRae’s 15th of the year gave Brockville the lead on a power play with 2:07 left in regulation. The Jr. Senators pulled their goalie shortly after the ensuing faceoff, but Gillespie sealed the victory by scoring into the empty net with 50.7 seconds on the clock.
Wuth, McRae and MacPhee were named first, second and third stars. Jake Begley picked up the win in net for the Braves.
Brockville (19-4-3) remains in second place in the Robinson Division. The Braves will host Navan at the Memorial Centre on Friday night at 7:30.
Several Braves took part in the CCHL all-star game in Ottawa on Monday night. Begley, McRae, Simon Kerr, Josh Spratt and Konnor MacCormick were named to Team Robinson. Brockville bench boss Randy Jones was one of the team’s assistant coaches. The Robinson all-stars edged Team Yzerman 3-2.
Begley was named CCM Hockey Player of the Week in the CCHL. He had a .948 save percentage and one shutout in the Braves’ three wins prior to Wednesday’s game.
In other CCHL action on Wednesday, Jacob Shankar of Prescott scored his 6th goal of the season in the Pembroke Lumber Kings’ 5-2 loss to Rockland.
Former Lumber Kings owner, GM and coach Sheldon Keefe succeeded Mike Babcock as bench boss of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
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