fall to Brockville Braves in overtime
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Grads Mathieu Ouellette fights for the puck behind the Brockville
Braves next during second period action on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Grads recent inability to play three periods of hockey, cost them once again
on Sunday as they allowed the Brockville Braves to come back from a two
goal deficit in the third period and win the game in overtime.
scored the the first two goals of the game, the Grads answered back with
arguably their best period of hockey in recent memory. They fired 19 shots
on Braves' netminder Clarke Samuels in the second period and scored four
unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead.
to be going the Grads way, until early in the third period when Mike Skakum
scored on a pass from Justin Taber to narrow the deficit to just a goal.
Skakum was left unmolested on the play as he parked himself near the far
The Braves would
eventually tie the game a little over two minutes later when Scott Arnold
banged home a rebound off a point shot from Alex Boak.
ability to tie the game in such short order, the Grads were able to muster
enough offence to regain the lead at the 6:45 mark of the third period on
a play that was set up by Brent Bisdee
up the puck near centre ice and streaked across the Braves blueline. After
blowing past the Brockville defenceman on the play, he angled the puck toward
the braves goal. Saunders was able to make the initial save, but Rob Caperelli
potted home the rebound after charging the net.
The Grads' lead
held up until the 9:55 mark of the third period when the Braves took advantage
of a favourable bounce off the end boards to tie the game at five goals
The score remained
tied through the remained of the third period, forcing a five minute overtime
session. Playing with four skaters aside, the Braves immediately took the
advantage, forcing the play deep in the Grads' end.
control of the puck along the end boards, Skakum threw a pass out to Zack
Zaremba who was standing all alone in the slot and beat Grads goaltender
Adam Laderoute stick side.for the game winning goal.
up a point for the regulation tie, the Grads have put themselves in a precarious
position in the strandings. Heading into Tuesdays set of games, they are
only one point up on the Gloucester Rangers and two points up on the Nepean
Raiders, both of whom have three games in hand.
Grads head coach
Paul Flindall is hoping his team will get their act together in time for
their next game against the Kemptville 73's on Tuesday night.
he wants his veteran defenceman to be more responsible in their own end
and do a better job in taking away the time and space they're giving opposing
to show a greater sense of urgency. We're giving these guys way too much
time to get set up," said Flindall.
The 73's have
just nine points in 20 games so far this season and they've scored a league
low 81 goals. Game time at the Navan Arena is 7 p.m.
p.m., Nov. 2)
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