fail to matriculate to second round of CJHL playoffs
By Fred Sherwin
the sixth time in their last six trips to the playoffs,
the Cumberland Grads have failed to make it past the first
Grads were swept from the playoffs by the Brockville Braves
Wednesday night after given up a two-goal third period
lead for the second time in the series.
for the second time in two nights, the Grads managed to
build up a 4-1 advantage with 5:54 left in the second
period, before the Braves started their comeback with
a power play goal from Eric Faith just 82 seconds later.
second power play goal 2:39 into the third period would
draw the Braves to within one.
game-tying goal was an even strength effort by Neil Robinson
that was set up by Jack Billings who assisted on all five
outcome appeared destined to be decided in overtime when
Michael Murray scored the game-winner with 2:43 left on
four games, the Grads were outscored 8-1 in the third
period, although two of those goals were scored into an
Game 2, the Grads were leading 4-2 with 4:22 left in the
second period when the Braves answered back with four
unanswered goals including an empty-netter.
1 was decided in double overtime on a goal by Liam Folkes,
and Game 3 was all Brockville as the Braves built up a
3-0 third period lead before the Grads scored their lone
goal midway through the final stanza.
Renda opened the scoring for the Braves Wednesday night,
but it only took the Grads a little over a minute to respond
with a goal by Grant Hebert on a shot from the top of
the right faceoff circle that beat Braves' goalie Henry
Johnson low glove side just inside the post.
Larose gave Cumberland the lead with 3:52 left in the
first on a bullet of a shot that rattled in off the post.
Villeneuve gave the Grads a two goal lead midway through
the second period on shot from just inside the blueline
that deflected off Johnson's right pad and into the net
Grads' fourth goal was scored by Marc-Olivier Bouchard
on a perfect set up by Shawn Cameron.
than two minutes later Faith would start the Braves' series-winning
loss overshadowed a solid performance by Grads' netminder
Thierry Messervier who made several difficult saves to
keep the score close.
of the key factors for the Grad's demise was in the special
teams department. They went 0-for-5 on the power play
in Wednesday night's loss and 1-for-20 in the series.
By comparison the Braves were 6-for-17.
Braves also did a better than average job in shutting
down the Grads top line of Shawn Cameron, Martin Frechette
Bouchard who only scored two goals between them, one of
which was on the power play.
who lead the league in scoring during the regular season,
had three assists, and Frechette, who placed third among
the league leaders, had one goal and one assist.
last time the Grads made it past the first round was in
2003 when they bowed out in the semi-finals after placing
first in the overall standings..
4:30 p.m., March 17)
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