Braves on brink of title after Green Bay Cup road victory

Game 5 Friday in Springdale

Published on January 19, 2017

Sherman McKay, left, of the Braves and Ryan Burton of the Combines battle for the puck in Game 3.

©Photo courtesy of Katie McKay

The Springdale Braves had just enough offence Friday night to survive a late comeback attempt by the Triton Combines to grab a stranglehold on this year’s Green Bay Cup.

Sherman McKay’s goal with seven and a half minutes left staked his team to 7-3 lead, but ended up being the game winner after a furious comeback attempt by the hometown Combines.

The win gives the Braves a 3-1 series lead in an attempt to win back-to-back championships in the playoff rejuvenated last year after a decade-long hiatus.

The Braves had goals from six different players in the victory, with only series leading scorer T.J. Johanson denting the twine twice in Game 4. Johanson also added an assist to give him 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in the series.

Springdale also got a goal and an assist from J.D. Rowsell, Ryan Cull, and Scott Doody. Jordan Snow also scored in the win.

Jarvis Budgell scored two late third period goals for the Combines to give them some hope, but P.J. Budgell’s goal with 28 seconds left still wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.

Brandon Winsor and Brady Winsor had a goal and an assist each, while Jadon Elliott rounded out the scoring in the loss.

Game 5, and a chance for the hometown Braves to capture the title, goes Friday night in Springdale.