A performance worth Braying about

Kenn Oliver
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MIDGET HOCKEY/TELUS CUP

It's not always easy for St. John's major midget Fog Devils coach Wally Bray to laud the play of his own son, goaltender Scott Bray.

But when a netminder turns in a 52-save performance - included 17 in the final 20 minutes - it gets a little easier.

"He was exceptional," Bray said of the Foggies starter in the team's 3-3 tie with the Notre Dame Hounds in their third game at the Telus Cup national midget hockey championship in Levis, Que. "You need that kind of goaltending at this level.

Fog Devils' goalie Scott Bray (31), shown in action at the Monctonian tournament earlier this season, made 52 saves in a 3-3 tie against the Notre Dame Hounds at the Telus Cup national midget hockey championship in Levis, Que., Wednesday. - File photo

It's not always easy for St. John's major midget Fog Devils coach Wally Bray to laud the play of his own son, goaltender Scott Bray.

But when a netminder turns in a 52-save performance - included 17 in the final 20 minutes - it gets a little easier.

"He was exceptional," Bray said of the Foggies starter in the team's 3-3 tie with the Notre Dame Hounds in their third game at the Telus Cup national midget hockey championship in Levis, Que. "You need that kind of goaltending at this level.

"He's the reason we're still in the hunt."

Notre Dame got out to an early 2-0 lead with one of its goals coming from Goulds native James Melindy - assisted by Paradise native Andrew Ryan. Zach O'Brien got St. John's on the board before the period expired with his tournament co-leading fourth goal. (O'Brien leads all scorers with seven points).

The Hounds restored their two-goal lead in the second with a power-play marker from Stefan Matteau. A few minutes later, Alex Powell got the Fog Devils back in the game with back-to-back power-play goals 66 seconds apart.

While Bray stole the show between the pipes, the coach gives Michael Cole credit for turning the team around Wednesday.

"He's the type of player who gets in other players' faces and lays out those hits," Bray said of the forward who had a four-point game against Levis on Tuesday.

"Today, with a few crucial plays and hits, he really lifted up the bench and got everybody going."

The Fog Devils and Hounds moved to 1-0-2 and into a tie with the Gaulois du CollÈge Antoine-Girouard. Now the club has to start looking at tie-breaker scenarios, which at midget nationals are decided by head-to-head competition or in case of a three-way tie, on goals for/goals against.

"Without a doubt, in that scenario, beating Levis 6-2 (Tuesday) will certainly help us because every game has been tight."

A four-way tie for first was avoided when the Red Deer Optimist Rebels defeated the Levis Commandeurs 4-1 in Wednesday' late game.

St. John's plays its fourth game today, 5:30 Newfoundland time, against the Mississauga, Ont., Reps before wrapping up the round robin against Red Deer.

koliver@thetelegram.com

Organizations: TELUS

Geographic location: St. John's, Notre Dame, Levis, Que Goulds Newfoundland Mississauga Red Deer

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