By: Davide Disipio
Brockville, ON- The Ottawa Jr. Senators (17-9-1) were defeated on the hands of the Brockville Braves (17-4-3) by a score of 5-2, in the first of three meetings between the two teams over the next 14 days.
Brockville would score the only goal of the first period with over five minutes left when Benjamin Dervin drove down the right side, having his backhand shot go off the post, bouncing in the crease for Will Torriani to give the Braves the lead after 20.
In the second, Ottawa would tie the game at one off a beautiful zone entry from Brent Broaders over the left side, curled and fired the puck off the left pad of Brockville goaltender Jake Beagley, kicking out a rebound to recently named all-star Ethan Mulhearn who made no mistake on his ninth of the season nearly three minutes in.
Brockville would retake the lead off a goal from Josh Spratt, who found the free puck in the slot and beat Bryan Landsberger, making it 2-1 on the powerplay 4:01 after Ottawa tied the game.
With 1:21 left, another recently named all-star Tucker McIntosh shot the puck from the right point and deflected off a pair of Brockville sticks and into the back of the net, tying the game at two.
Brockville would answer 20 seconds later off Josh Spratt’s second of the game, giving Brockville the lead yet again at 3-2 after 40.
In the third, Brockville made life difficult for Ottawa in the offensive zone, allowing only seven shots, as Alex Lachapelle and Simon Kerr scored, pushed the game out of reach for Ottawa at 5-2.
Bryan Landsberger stopped 25 of 29 in the game, while the Ottawa powerplay went 0-for-4 and the penalty kill went 1-for-2 in the loss.
Ottawa is back in action tomorrow night, on the road taking on the Hawkesbury Hawks for a 7:30 faceoff. Josh Primeau will have the call on the Jr. Senators broadcast network at mixlr.com/ojsradio and Hockey TV.