The Brockville Braves are now only a week and a half away from regular-season hockey.
With a number of returning players and veterans in the lineup for the first time this pre-season as training camp continued, the Braves shut out the Cornwall Colts 3-0 at the Memorial Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Evan Boucher got the home team on the board with just over five minutes left in the opening period. Boucher made it 2-0 19 seconds into the second period, and Patrick Lanthier added an insurance marker on a power play in the third. Colin Stacey assisted on all three Brockville goals, and it was also a three-point afternoon for Boucher.
Philip Rondina and Dustin Riff split the goaltending duties for the Braves to share the shutout. Brockville outshot the Colts 35-28.
The Braves had started the weekend with a 6-1 loss in Cornwall on Saturday. Owen Rainey scored for Brockville on a power play early in the second to tie the game 1-1. The Colts led 2-1 at the end of two and added four more in the final period.
Cornwall outshot the Braves 48-22. Kannon Flageolle played two periods in net for Brockville; Brandon Abbott was the goalie in the third period.
The Braves’ pre-season continues at the Brockville Memorial Centre on Tuesday night. Smiths Falls is in town for a 7:30 start. The Bears won 8-5 in Carleton Place on Sunday.
Spectators are reminded to use the west entrance at the Memorial Centre; the main entrance and community hall are still being used as part of the local COVID-19 assessment centre.
In other CCHL action Tuesday night, the Kemptville 73’s host the Jr. Senators at 7:30. Kemptville lost 4-2 to Navan on Sunday.
The Jr. A regular season opens next Thursday, Sept. 23. The Braves’ home-opener is the following night.
The Brockville Jr. B Tikis’ first exhibition game at home is next Wednesday, Sept. 22.
The Athens Aeros’ first pre-season home game is this Sunday at 2:30. Centre 76’s spectator limit is 200, based on the province’s COVID-related maximum of 50-per-cent capacity for smaller indoor venues in Ontario.