Brockville Tikis

Tikis bow out in five games to Westport

The Brockville Tikis battled hard, but couldn’t hold back the high-powered offense of the Westport Rideaus, losing the best of seven series, four games to one. 

After losing the opener 7-3 on the road, the Tikis returned home on Wednesday.  The game went back and forth with the visitors coming out on top 5-3, with an empty net goal. 

Brandon St. Pierre scored his first of the post-season, while Mitch Davis netted his second and third goals of the series in a losing effort.  Brad Fraser played well, stopping 38 of 42 shots he faced in the Brockville goal. 

On Friday, the Tikis travelled back to Westport for game three.  After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, Tikis captain Robert Rice scored a pair of second period goals, but the Tikis couldn’t manage to get any closer, eventually losing 5-2.  Fraser again was solid in goal for the Tikis, stopping 42 of 47 shots he faced. 

On Saturday night, the Tikis welcomed the Rideaus back to the Memorial Centre, needing a win to keep the series alive. 

In a shootout, the Tikis prevailed 7-6, coming from behind in the third period, and winning the contest in overtime. 

Ryan Lesway got Brockville off the mark with his first of the playoffs, before Ben Brayman netted his first of the series to make it 2-0.  A pair of Westport goals saw the teams enter the first intermission tied 2-2. 

Westport jumped out to a 4-2 lead early in the second period, before Mitch Davis scored his fourth of the series to bring the Tikis within one goal, heading into the final 20 minutes. 

Kalem Sigsworth tied the game three minutes into the third 4-4.  The Rideaus took the lead twice more, with the Tikis responding each time, with goals from Brodie Darling (1), and Lucas Mott (2). 

Scott Lough was the overtime hero, scoring just over seven minutes into the extra period, keeping the Tikis post-season hopes alive.  Rich Joudoin played well for the Tikis, stopping 32 of 38 shots he faced. 

On Tuesday, the Tikis travelled back to Westport looking to extend the series to a sixth game, to be played the following night at home. 

The Tikis put up another valiant effort, but fell short, eventually losing 5-2, ending their season. 

Robert Rice scored both goals for the visitors, his third and fourth of the series, while Rich Joudoin played exceptional in goal for the Tikis, stopping 54 of 57 shots he faced, with the final two goals being scored into an empty net. 

Westport will likely face the Athens Aeros, who will be looking to sweep the Gananoque Islanders, after winning the first three games of their series. 

Tikis come up big

The Brockville Tikis came through when they needed to most this season, by winning a pair of games against two teams chasing them for the final playoff spots in the Rideau Division.  

On Wednesday, the Tikis welcomed the Gananoque Islanders, tied on points, needing a win for the playoff run, as well as solidifying their hold in third place in the division.  

Brockville jumped out to the early lead on the Islanders with first period goals from Lucas Mott (11), and Ben Brayman (15).  

After Gananoque cut the lead in half, the Tikis restored their two-goal lead on Brayman’s second goal of the game and 16th of the season.  A later goal on the power-play from the Islanders made is 3-2 heading into the final 20 minutes.  

Kalem Sigsworth (13) and captain Robert Rice (21), gave the hosts a 5-2 lead at the midpoint of the third period, before the teams traded late goals, including Sigworth’s 14th of the year into an empty net.  The final tally was 6-3.  

Brad Fraser played well in goal, stopping 33 of 36 shots he faced for the win.  The Tikis received multi-point games from Rice (4), Sigsworth (3), and Brayman (2).  

On Saturday, the Tikis travelled to South Grenville looking to lock up third place in the division and a first round matchup with the Westport Rideaus.  

Kalem Sigsworth continued his strong week, opening the scoring with his 15th of the year.  After South Grenville scored a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead, Sigsworth netted his second of the game and 16th of the year to tied the game 2-2.  The Rangers restored the lead again, with a late goal, making it 3-2 heading into the third period.  

Brandon St. Pierre scored his fourth of the year to tie the game, and Sigsworth completed the hat-trick with just over five minutes remaining to make it 4-3, a lead the Tikis wouldn’t relinquish.  

Rich Joudoin was solid in the Tikis goal, stopping 26 of 29 shots he faced. 

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