Francis Boisvert did what he could, but it wasn’t enough.
The Ottawa goaltender made 37 saves in the Jr. Senators’ 2-1 loss to the Brooks Bandits at the national Jr. A hockey championships in Alberta on Tuesday night. Ottawa opened the scoring in the first period when Brockville native Colin Marshall went coast to coast down the left wing side; his wrist shot appeared to deflect off a defender’s stick and over the glove of Brooks netminder Pierce Charleson. It was Marshall’s first goal of the tournament.
The host team took the lead on two goals late in the first period, and that was it for scoring. Ottawa was outshot by a wide margin.
The Jr. Senators are now 1-2 at the nationals; their fourth and final round-robin game is with the Oakville Blades on Thursday afternoon.
Ottawa was blanked 4-0 by the Prince George Spruce Kings on Monday night. Logan Neaton made 13 saves to pick up the shutout. Boisvert snagged the shutout when Ottawa won its opening game of the round robin against the Portage Terriers.
The Jr. Senators will advance to the semi-finals, which are set for Saturday. The Canadian championship game will take place on Sunday.
Ottawa defeated the Brockville Braves in the CCHL semi-finals and upended Carleton Place last month to win the Bogart Cup for the second season in a row.