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Nationals end Braves’ five-game winning streak – Recorder & Times

Tim Ruhnke – Recorder & Times

It wasn’t the Family Day matinee ending for which fans of the Brockville Braves had been hoping.

Brockville lost to Rockland at the Memorial Centre on Monday afternoon. With the win, the Nationals moved to within one point of the Braves for second overall in the CCHL, although Brockville has two games in hand on Rockland.

The Nationals grabbed a 1-0 lead with just over five minutes left in the first period. Ryan Gillespie tied the game at 3:07 of the second on his 18th goal of the season. Vincent Labelle’s second of the game restored Rockland’s lead at 18:41, and Daniel Menges made it 3-1 46 seconds later. Gillespie scored his second of the afternoon 17 seconds later to cut the lead in half.

Cole Craft extended the Nationals’s lead to 4-2 33 seconds into the third. Brockville’s net was empty for most of the last two minutes, but the Braves were unable to score with the extra attacker.

Brockville edged Rockland in shots 36-35. Jake Begley was in net for the Braves. Labelle, Gillespie and Jack Sullivan of the Nationals were named first, second and third stars respectively.

A holiday Monday crowd of 208 was on hand at the Memorial Centre.

The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Braves (35-12-3-4), who remain locked in second place in the Robinson Division.

Brockville was in action in Pembroke on Sunday night; the Braves defeated the Lumber Kings 3-1. Braves captain Simon Kerr scored the game-winner at 15:24 of the first period. Ryan Gillespie had given Brockville a 1-0 lead earlier in the opening frame.

Austin Paul made it 3-0 at 4:09 of the third. Pembroke captain and Prescott-area native Jacob Shankar scored the Lumber Kings’ lone goal at 14:16. Brockville goalie Antonie Bourdeau made 35 saves and was named first star. Shankar and Brockville’s Parker Casey were the second and third stars.

The Jr. A Braves defeated the Kemptville 73’s 5-2 at the Memorial Centre on Friday night.

Casey’s 11th goal of the season gave the Braves a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Madoka Suzuki tied the game midway through the second period, but Brockville’s Jost Spratt made it 2-1 at 13:15. Chase Broda responded less than a minute later to draw Kemptville even.

Austin Paul scored what would prove to be the game-winner at 3:07 of the third; it was his 18th goal of the season and third since coming to the Braves from Kanata. Ben Dirven’s sixth goal of the year made it 4-2 for the Braves at 8:01, and Gillespie added an empty-netter with 1:20 left in regulation.

Brockville outshot Kemptville 28-24. Jake Begley picked up the win in net for the Braves. Casey, Paul and Suzuki were the game’s first, second and third stars respectively. A small crowd of 152 was on hand at the Memorial Centre.

Brockville will host Pembroke (28-23-2-1) on Friday night. It will be the fourth of nine games in 16 days for the team.

Although the Braves won their games this past week, Brockville did not return to the CJHL’s Jr. A national top 20 list released on Monday. Carleton Place fell to eighth; no other CCHL teams made the list.

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