Braves, 73's to face off at Rotary Park

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At least they won’t have to worry about it being too cold.

The Brockville Braves and Kemptville 73’s are slated to hit the ice at Rotary Park in downtown Brockville for an outdoor game on Sunday afternoon. The two Jr. A teams are playing developmental scrimmages – no body-checking permitted – as part of the CCHL’s return to play following the provincial lockdown and stay-at-home orders that paused hockey activities for nearly two months.

The extra scrimmage on Sunday afternoon is a charity event; all proceeds go to the Brockville and Area Food Bank. As of Friday morning, Environment Canada was calling for periods of rain and a high of six degrees in Brockville on Sunday.

The outdoor gathering limit of 100 people includes participants, which means the number of spectators allowed at the rink will be closer to the 50 that are allowed inside the Memorial Centre to watch a Braves or Brockville Tikis scrimmage.


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Braves GM and co-owner Dustin Traylen said he is disappointed that more spectators won’t be allowed to attend at Rotary Park.

“We’re trying to do our best for the charity,” he said.

Tickets to the outdoor game are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the gate. Payment is by cash only. Non-perishable food items will also be collected.

“We ask people to wear masks and distance appropriately,” said Traylen, who indicated that names and phone numbers would be compiled for contact tracing purposes. That practice is also used by the Braves at the indoor scrimmages.

The Kemptville club indicated on Twitter earlier this week that its players are “excited to be part of this event.”

The attendance limit made it difficult for the Braves to include other elements to the outdoor event such as participation by players with the Brockville Minor Hockey Association, according to Traylen.

The Sunday match-up will be the third in as many days for the two teams, which played at the Memorial Centre on Friday night and are planning to face off again at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. They’re also slated to play again next weekend.

The Braves defeated the 73’s 7-2 on Friday night. Luke Tchor scored twice for Brockville; singles went to Parker Casey, Owen Belisle, Troy Andrews, Nicholas Dowling and Colin Elliott. Patrick Larkin and Ryan Pawlikowski scored for Kemptville. Tchor, who also picked up two assists, was named first star. Second star went to the Braves’ Ryan Gillespie, who had a three-assist night. Larkin was the third star.

Many of the upgrades to Rotary Park have been funded by the Brockville Winter Classic and its annual celebration of an original six NHL team on the Family Day weekend.

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