Cornwall Colts @ Brockville Braves
Brockville came flying out of the gate on all cylinders throwing the rubber at Cornwall's James Edwardson. The shots were 5-0 Brockville 7 minutes into the first period. With Andrew Pikul in the Brockville net not seeing any action, he had to find away to stay focused. And that he did as his first shot faced was a point blank chance by Jay D'Amour in the slot. Pikul kicked his right leg out and stoned him with the pad, like he did on several occasions on this night.
The night continued with both teams getting chances on the power play. First was Sean King of the Colts to sit in the box. The former South Central Coyote Midget player didnt have to worry though, as Brockville's power play was terrible. They could not make any passes or plays let alone create a chance. Fumbling the puck on several attempts to enter the offensive zone. Connor Bebb then takes an interference penalty for the the Braves and sends the Colts to the man advantage. No worries for Bebb either as Cornwall didn't muster up much in terms of chances.
With 4:04 left in the first Kenny Nelson scores on a scramble in front of the net. The assists go to Antonios Roumeliotis and Marly Quince, who continues his great start to the season. The former Sudbury Wolves draft pick is producing at a point-per-game pace. Andrew Pikul was sharp in the first as Cornwall stormed back to out shoot Brockville 10-7 by the end of the period.
During the early stages of the second period Brockville shows a little better on the power play. With Ryan Patulli in the box for tripping Owen Gill and then Cornwall called for too many men the Braves get a chance to redeem their first period power play efforts. Although not scoring they show better and create chances. Edwardson is sharp in the cage for the Colts. Not to be out done, Pikul also shines during the first half of the second period. While a man down due to Brockville's Cory Wilson kneeing Kenny Nelson, Pikul makes two point blank saves short handed to keep it a 1-0 game.
On the power play Brockville's Eric Israel lets a laser slap shot go from the point. It finds its way through a screened Edwardson into the top of the net. Israel is having a steller rookie season in the CCHL running at almost a point-per-game pace as a defenseman. Hayden Hulton and Ryan Walter pick up the assists. With 2:36 left in the second it's now a 1-1 game.
This is when Cornwall kicks it up a notch. Kenny Nelson bangs in his second of the game with another scramble in front with 36 seconds left. Following the next face off the puck comes down into Brockville's zone where Owen Gill lays out a Cornwall forward. Tanner Spink fires the puck off of the play and puts it home. 3-1 Cornwall with 15 seconds left in the second. Cornwall leading in shots after 2 periods. 23-21
In the third and on the power play Cornwall's Lawson MacDonald finishes off a pretty passing play to make it 4-1. The puck is passed down low behind the goal line by Quince to Chase Pearson who quickly one times it back door for MacDonald. Pearson, who is a Oshawa Generals pick, is having a good first season in the CCHL as a '97. The rest of the period consists of a spirited fight between Hulton and Cornwall's Billy Ulrick and Bebb's third minor of the game as he's sent off for high sticking. Cornwall shows it's size and strength with some solid shifts of down low board play and cycling the puck well.
The final score is 4-1 amd shots are 34-31 in favor of Cornwall. Two prospects who showed well in this game are:
CHASE PEARSON- Cornwall Colts- Oshawa Generals-- Pearson used his big frame to compete for pucks down low and along the boards. When he retrieved the puck he made smart, skilled passes. Would like to see him score more but he has a lot of raw, untapped potential to do so with seasoning.
OWEN GILL- Brockville Braves- Kingston Frontenacs-- Gill is a very useful 3rd/4th liner with great agitating skills. He is always under the skin of the opposition and draws penalties using these tactics. He is a solid penalty killer where he uses his speed and tenacity to force the play. He competes hard and has some offensive upside for a player on the bottom two lines. Could add some muscle, as long as it doesn't take away from his speed.