After a lacklustre performance against the Blackhawks in an 8-3 loss the previous week, the Braves were eager to turn the tables when facing the team again, this time for a spot in the Grand Final. The boys got off to a great start with the first shot of the game, and then the first goal, with Corey Stringer scoring inside of 90 seconds, off the back of a Kevin Robertson assist. The Blackhawks jumped ahead 2-1, but the team kept its composure, before Trenton Dalvean converted on the power play (Chris Drake, Corey Stringer) to even the score leading into the 2nd period. The Hawks had a couple of chances, but were found lacking, with the Braves able to hold firm on a 4 minute penalty kill. The third period saw the Braves turn up the heat, with Dalvean collecting his second of the night tipping in a shot from Corey Stringer, to give the team a 3-2 lead. The Blackhawks tried to bounce back, but Shane Murphy made a few big saves, including stacking the pads to deflect a shot fired from short range. The Braves continued to mount pressure, and were able to successfully keep the puck in the offensive zone, before two penalties to the Blackhawks handed the Braves a 5-on-3 power play. Trenton Dalvean collected his hattrick, with thanks again to Corey Stringer, and despite a penalty box mixup that saw the second Blackhawks player also be permitted to exit, the Braves did it again, this time at even strength, with Andy Belic setting up Chris Ong Tone. The Braves ended the game with a well deserved 5-2 win off 35 shots, with Shane Murphy facing 16, to earn a place in the grand final series against the Jets.
Game 1 – Friday 15th September at 8:00pm (Join Facebook Event)
Game 2 – Monday 18th September at 7:30pm (Join Facebook Event)
Game 3 – Friday 22nd September at 8:00pm (Join Facebook Event) (if required)
Our Senior B team put in a stellar effort to put a 7-1 loss against the Jets a few weeks ago behind them in their opening finals game. The team got out to an early lead with Brian van Luyk (Paul Zame, Luke Goulding) on a power play followed up by Luke Goulding (Paul McCorquodale, James Oliver), before conceding one on a penalty kill. The Jets brought it back to 2-2 in the 2nd period, but Corky took just 42 seconds to help the Braves regain the lead with 12:01 on the clock. Scoring opportunities dried up for the rest of the period, and the Braves held a 3-2 lead. The Jets took just two minutes to add to their account in the third period, but a surging Braves team pulled ahead once again, this time through Paul Zame (McCorquodale, Mathew Blair). However the joy was short-lived, as the Jets drew level, and despite opportunities the buzzer sounded at 4-4. The teams headed to overtime – with both seeking to gain control of the puck, but the Jets coming out successful, scoring three minutes in. The Braves lost 5-4, with Conor O’Brien putting in a solid effort in net, facing 29 shots, with the Jets facing 18.
The B team were not out of the hunt, as they faced the Blackhawks 19 hours later for a chance to progress to the Grand Final. It took just 35 seconds for Paul Zame to open up the lead, with assists to James Oliver and Paul McCorquodale. The Blackhawks scored in the 2nd period, against the run of play, and then again early in the third. The Braves continued to press, and had plenty of puck possession in the offensive zone, but it wasn’t until the final five minutes of the game that a pass from Brian van Luyk found Stefaan White, who had been called up from the Senior C team, to bring the scores level. The game ended 2-2 and the teams could not be split after 5 minutes of extra time, sending the teams to a shootout. Both goaltenders put in huge efforts, sending it to the 8th round, before the Braves were ultimately eliminated from the finals.
The Braves faced the Jets in a Senior C game where only the winner was to continue their finals run. The team struggled to hold onto the puck in the first period, but were able to hold firm in defence, keeping it level at 0-0. It was much of the same in the second, before the Jets broke the deadlock with 2:30 remaining. The Braves struggled to find opportunities to get shots on net, before the Jets doubled their lead half way through the third period. The game ended a 2-0 loss for the Braves, with Ajay Hill facing 17 shots, with the Jets 10.