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Grads still looking for first playoff win against Braves
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

After 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.

The 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 from behind.

The two goals erased what had been a 4-3 Grads lead and allowed the Braves to takeover control of the game.

The 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 seconds.

Although 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.

In 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.

By comparison, the Braves have scored four power play goals and one shorthanded marker, giving them a plus-four in specialty team efficiency.

The 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.

The 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.

As their series with the Braves plays out, the Grads will be hoping that history doesn't repeat itself.

(Posted 10 a.m., March 14)

 

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