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Tchor-less Braves host Raiders Friday night – Recorder & Times

Tim Ruhnke – Recorder & Times

He had accounted for 22 per cent of the team’s goals in the first 22 games of the regular season.

Luke Tchor was traded by the Brockville Braves to the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL earlier this week; he was then sent to the Collingwood Blues, also of the OJHL. The 20-year-old winger from Toronto had racked up 30 points in 22 games, placing him third in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). Tchor’s 15 goals had him tied for fourth in the Jr. A league.

In return, Brockville acquired forward Nate Burelle from Trenton. The 19-year-old six-footer from Belleville scored 10 goals – including three on power plays and one shorty – and added eight assists in 30 games with Trenton this season.

Braves GM and interim head coach Dustin Traylen said that the Burelle-Tchor deal helps balance Brockville’s lineup. “Nate is a skilled player in his own right,” commented Traylen, who added Burelle “…will make an immediate impact.”

The Braves GM was asked if Tchor had requested a move. “It was a mutual decision,” Traylen responded.

Brockville will host the Nepean Raiders at the Brockville Memorial Centre on Friday night at 7:30. Brockville (10-12) is ninth overall in the 12-team league two-fifths of the way into the regular season. Nepean (5-14-0-2) is tied with Pembroke for 11th.

The Braves announced on Twitter Wednesday night that they had acquired forward Matt Yeager from Pembroke; in exchange, the Lumber Kings got defenceman Andrew Throndson and forward Ryan Savanyu. The 6-foot-5 20-year-old Yeager scored five goals and added six assists while with Kings this regular season.

“Yeager adds more size and depth to our lineup,” Traylen said on Friday.

Throndson, 18, picked up one assist in 10 games with Brockville. Savanyu, 18, had no points in three games.

Also announced by the Braves Wednesday was the departure of forward Jack Robinson to the Blind River Beavers of the NOJHL in exchange for a professional development fee. The 19-year-old from Colorado had one goal and five assists in 17 games with Brockville.

The Braves are 2-2 since Traylen took over behind the bench following the recent departure of head coach Randy Jones.

“We will continue to play games with more truculence and use that size to give other goalies in our league fits,” Traylen stated.

The Ontario-A champion girls basketball team from St. Mary Catholic High School will be honoured by the Braves at the start of the game Friday night.

Brockville will take on the Bears in Smiths Falls on Sunday afternoon. The Bears are third overall in the league at 15-7-0-1, three points behind Navan and Ottawa entering play Friday.

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