Braves book semis date with Vipers

DAUPHIN, MAN. – Pick your poison – a royal dose of the Dauphin Kings, or some Vernon Viper venom. The Brockville Braves chose the latter as they doubled the La Ronge Ice Wolves 6-3 in the final round-robin game of the Royal Bank Cup Junior A Hockey Nationals Thursday night at Credit Union Place.

The win earns the eastern champion Braves a Saturday afternoon (12 p.m. PT) date with the defending champion Vipers in the No. 2 vs No. 3 semifinals. The Snakes (3-1) used a four-goal spree in the third period to stop the Braves 4-2 in their round-robin matchup Wednesday. Brockville finished preliminary play at 2-2.

The Kings, who won the round-robin at 4-0, take on La Ronge (1-3) in a rematch of the western regional AVANET Cup final in the second semi (5 p.m. PT).

The Braves and Wolves traded leads a number of times before Brockville broke the game wide open with a three-goal explosion in the final period. Maxime Dumond led the Brockville barrage with a pair of goals, while Travis Eggum (Game MVP) responded with a deuce for La Ronge before 1,400 fans.

Netminder Doug Carr earned Game MVP for Brockville with a 30-save showing. Wolves’ netminder Adam Bartko faced 44 shots in the loss.

The gold-medal game goes Sunday (noon PT) and will be aired live on TSN2, and again at 5 p.m. PT.

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