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Whittle scores game-winner for Braves – Recorder & Times

Recorder & Times Staff

After losing at home Friday night, the Brockville Braves rebounded with a 4-2 road win against Navan on Sunday afternoon.

The Braves are now in third place in the CCHL’s Robinson Division. Six weeks into the regular season, Brockville is sixth overall in the 12-team Jr. A league.

The Braves opened the scoring on Sunday; Owen Rainey’s fourth goal of the season came at 13:49 of the first period. Patrick Lanthier’s third goal of the year gave Brockville a 2-0 lead early in the second. Newcomer Steve Whittle, most recently with the Cobourg Cougars of the OJHL, scored his first as a Brave early in the third period. Navan made it 3-2 with two quick goals several minutes later, but Thomas Haynes put the game out of reach with a short-handed goal about seven seconds before the end of regulation.

Will McEvoy made 33 saves and picked up the win in net for Brockville; he was named second star. Whittle was third star. First star went to Joseph Ianniello, who scored one of the Grads’ two goals.

The Braves also had the lead at home on Friday night but gave up four power-play goals to the Kemptville 73’s in a 4-2 loss at the Memorial Centre on Friday. A week earlier, the Braves had also given up four while trying to kill penalties but still managed to defeat Nepean.

Brockville opened the scoring at 5:18 of the first period on Marco Iozzo’s fifth goal of the season. Patrick Lanthier made it 2-0 14 seconds into the second; it was his second goal of the year.

Nathan Merritt cut the lead in half at 14:18 of the middle frame. Brock Krulicki tied the game at 3:44 of the third; his seventh goal of the season at 10:24 ended up being the game-winner for Kemptville. Chase Lammi’s empty-netter with 11 seconds left in regulation completed the scoring.

Krulicki was named first star. Teammate Johnny Howie picked up three assists on the night and was named second star. Third star went to Iozzo.

Kemptville had the edge in shots, 24-23. Tyler Laureault picked up the win between the pipes for the 73’s; Brandon Abbott was in net for the Braves.

The 73’s went four for seven on power plays Friday. Brockville was once again missing some key players from the lineup due to injury.

Attendance at the Memorial Centre was listed at 502.

Brockville (8-4-0-1) trails first-place Kemptville by two points and second-place Pembroke by one in the division. The Braves will take on the 73’s at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Kemptville (9-5-0-1) lost 4-3 in Rockland on Sunday afternoon.

In other CCHL action Sunday, the Smiths Falls Bears lost 6-5 in overtime at Nepean. Smiths Falls (3-10-1-0) hosts Pembroke on Friday night.

The Braves’ next home game is against the Grads Friday night.

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