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Braves down 2-0 in semi-finals

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The Brockville Braves won’t have much time to dwell on game two.

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The Ottawa Jr. Senators defeated the Braves 5-2 at the Brockville Memorial Centre on Tuesday night. The win gives the Sens a 2-0 lead in the CCHL semi-final series, with game three set for Ottawa on Wednesday night.

Adrien Bisson opened the scoring for the visitors at 12:20 of the first period. Sam Allison gave Brockville fans something to cheer about when he tied the game with 1:42 left in the period, but the crowd went quiet when Kyle Jackson scored 10 seconds later to restore Ottawa’s lead.

Allison’s second goal of the night made it 2-2 midway through the second period. Darcy Walsh scored what proved to be the game-winner for the Sens at 15:36 of the middle frame. Conor Smart gave Ottawa a two-goal lead at 11:20 of the third, and Faisal Alsaif added an empty-netter with 50 seconds left in regulation to put the game out of reach.

Ottawa outshot Brockville 30-25. Francis Boisvert picked up the win in net for the Senators; Liam Souliere was in goal for the Braves.

Walsh and Jackson were named first and second stars respectively. Brockville’s Joshua Spratt received the third-star honour.

Brockville Head Coach Jesse Winchester indicated in an interview on Wednesday that there wasn’t enough of a push by the team later in the game. “I didn’t like our third period,” said Winchester, who added that the Braves were guilty of poor decision-making with the puck in the offensive zone. Brockville got outworked by the Ottawa penalty kill and was a bit lax on the defensive side Tuesday night, according to the coach. “We let our guard down in our own zone,” Winchester commented.

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The Jr. Senators won the opener 2-1 in the second overtime period on Sunday. The heart-breaking loss did not seem to carry over into game two for the Braves; Brockville generated chances in the first and second periods and managed to claw its way back twice, Winchester noted.

In noting that the Braves are being backed into a corner by a very good Ottawa team, Winchester said that Brockville must ‘come out swinging’ and show its character in game three.

“The boys are going to have to rise up tonight,” Winchester stated. “We’re up to it. We still have a great team.”

Brockville will host game four of the best-of-seven series on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

In the other semi-final, Rockland defeated Carleton Place 3-2 in double overtime on Tuesday night to tie the series 1-1. Game three is in Carleton Place Wednesday night.

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