Braves chisel away Ice Wolves

Maxime Dumond had a pair of goals and the Brockville Braves scored three times in the third period, beating the La Ronge Ice Wolves 6-3 in RBC Cup action Thursday.

Braves 6 Ice Wolves 3

DAUPHIN, Man. — Maxime Dumond had a pair of goals and the Brockville Braves scored three times in the third period, beating the La Ronge Ice Wolves 6-3 in RBC Cup action Thursday.

With the host Dauphin Kings and the defending champion Vernon Vipers already assured of first and second place in the round-robin standings, Thursday’s game determined seeding for the final two playoff positions at the Canadian Junior A championship.

The Braves (2-2) finished third and will face the Vipers in Saturday’s semifinal round, while the Ice Wolves (1-3) finished fourth and will face Dauphin, their regional nemesis.

Dauphin beat La Ronge in five games to win the Avanet Cup awarded to the West Region champions, and edged them 3-2 in round-robin play on Tuesday.

Shayne Thompson had a goal and two assists for Brockville, the Eastern Region champions. Shayne Stockton had a goal and an assist while David Roy and Scott Arnold also scored.

Travis Eggum had two goals while Ben Findlay also scored for La Ronge.

Doug Carr made 30 saves for Brockville while Adam Bartko stopped 38 shots for La Ronge.

La Ronge opened the scoring just 86 seconds into the game when Findlay snapped a shot from the slot past Carr, who was making his first appearance since April 2.

Roy and Dumond responded to give Brockville the lead after 20 minutes despite being outshot 11-7 by the Ice Wolves.

The second period was a back-and-forth affair that saw La Ronge tie the game, go down by a goal and tie the game again before the horn sounded to bring an end to 40 minutes of action.

Brockville’s dangerous power play provided the game-winning goal when Stockton snapped a shot past Bartko. It was the Braves’ tournament-leading 10th power play goal in four games.

Dumond added his second of the game 95 seconds later to give the Braves a little room and Arnold used his speed to break in on Bartko and round out the scoring with under two minutes to go.

The Braves controlled the third period, outshooting the Ice Wolves 24-9 to give them a 44-33 advantage overall.

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