The Brockville Braves scored a pair of victories at home on the weekend.
Aidan Hosein’s first start in net for the Braves proved to be a winning one. Hosein made 18 saves as Brockville edged Hawkesbury 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Braves captain Simon Kerr opened the scoring on a power play at 15:42 of the first period; it was his fifth goal of the season.
Dovar Tinling tied the game 4:40 into the second period, but Justin McRae’s short-handed goal at 8:18 of the middle frame ended up being the game-winner. The Hawks pulled their goalie with about a minute and a half left in regulation but were unable to get the equalizer.
McRae. who was named third star, now has 12 goals and is third in the league. Hosein was named second star; first star went to Hawkesbury netminder Robbie Nuchereno, who made 23 saves in the loss.
Attendance at the Memorial Centre on Sunday afternoon was listed at 189.
A crowd of 403 was on hand Friday night for Brockville’s win against Navan. McRae’s 11th goal of the season came on a power play at 4:11 of the opening period to give Brockville the early lead; Josh Spratt made it 2-0 at 11:29; it was his fifth goal of the year.
Navan scored on a power play with 40 seconds left in the period and then tied the game 15 seconds into the second. The Grads then took the lead at 1:39 of the middle frame. Benjamin Dirven’s first goal as a Brave made it 3-3 just over four minutes into the second, and Mathieu Halle gave the home team the lead midway through the period; it was his fourth of the season. Sam Allison’s fifth goal of the year came on a power play at 14:45 and proved to be the game-winner. Navan scored with one second left on the clock to make the final 5-4.
The Grads outshot the Braves 34-24. Jake Begley made 30 saves to pick up the win in net for Brockville. McRae and teammate Konnor MacCormick, who chipped in with three assists, were named first and second stars. Jean-Sylvain Boyer of Navan was named third star.
Brockville (9-4-3) is tied with Kanata for second place in the Robinson Division standings, 10 points behind Carleton Place. The Braves and the Lasers have three games in hand on the division-leading Canadians. Pembroke is one point behind Brockville and Kanata.
The Braves will host Cornwall on Friday night.