still looking for first playoff win against Braves
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Grads have dug themselves into a deep hole
in their quarterfinal series against the Brockville Braves,
losing the first two games of the series to trail 0-2.
losing the series opener 3-2 on Friday, the Grads were
hoping to bounce back with a win at the Navan Arena on
Sunday afternoon. Instead, they came out on the wrong
end of a 6-4 result in a penalty-filled affair.
difference in the game came down to a two and a half minute
stretch in the third period when the Braves scored a pair
of power play goals while the Grads' Ted McCabe was in
the penalty box serving a five minute major for checking
two goals erased what had been a 4-3 Grads lead and allowed
the Braves to takeover control of the game.
Grads had a golden chance to regain momentum midway through
the third period when the Braves' Jack Billings was sent
off for checking to the head/neck area, but their power
wasn't able to pull the trigger and Brockville went on
to win the game 6-4 after adding an empty goal in final
an argument could be made that Billings should have received
the same five minute penalty that McCabe received, there
is no guarantee they would have scored.
fact, the Grads power play has so far proved ineffectual
against the Braves penalty unit. Despite having two of
the top three leading scorers in the league on their team
with 20 power play goals combined in Shawn Cameron and
Martin Fredhette, the Grads were 0-8 with the man advantage
on Sunday and are 1-11 in the series.
comparison, the Braves have scored four power play goals
and one shorthanded marker, giving them a plus-four in
specialty team efficiency.
Grads will be looking to turn things around at the Brockville
Memorial Centre on Tuesday where they will be gunning
for their first playoff win in six years.
last time the Grads won a playoff game was in 2010 against
the Pembroke Lumber Kings. They would end up losing the
quarterfinal series 4-1 largely due to their inability
to score on the power play where they were a dismal 3-for-21
and gave up two shorthanded goals.
their series with the Braves plays out, the Grads will
be hoping that history doesn't repeat itself.
10 a.m., March 14)
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