It might have been Teddy Bear Toss day at Memorial Gardens this Sunday afternoon but you could be forgiven if you thought it was Justin Brazeau day.
The Battalion Captain had himself a game with four goals, including the one that sent the Teddy Bears flying, against the Barrie Colts as the Troops defeated Barrie 5-4 to head into the holiday break with three straight wins stretching back to Thursday’s barn burner against the Kitchener Rangers.
“It feels great to be able to score four goals but I’m most happy with the win,” a modest Brazeau said after securing 4 points in the home and home with the Colts.
Brazeau may have had some extra motivation as a large contingent from his home town of New Liskeard was on hand as close to 200 fans from Temiskaming Shores made the trek south to watch their superstar along with watching young Temiskaming Shores Puckhounds take part in a Timbits intermission mini game.
Brazeau's performance impressed not only his hometown fans, but his teammates too.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Battalion goaltender Christian Propp added when asked about Brazeau and his performance.
“It’s not just what he does on the ice, but what he does off of it as well. He’s a great guy, he leads all of us, he shows rookies the way, he’s just an all around class guy.”
Propp himself had a great week by securing the win in all three games, including two in less than twenty-four hours to his former team in the Colts.
“It’s huge. They’re holding on to the eighth seed and to pick up all six points this weekend, puts us back in the race and shows how tight the East really is.”
“We’re definitely pleased to get the result.” Coach Adam Dennis added after the victory.
“There were times where we had let downs but a credit to our group as they stuck with it and we had some good third periods to secure the victories.”
When asked about Brazeau’s play, Dennis was very quick to let his thoughts known.
“I don’t know what he needs to do to get a contract," questioned Dennis about Brazeau who is expected to get an NHL contract offer this season.
"He’s a pretty special guy for us and he’s our heartbeat right now. We run as Brazeau runs and it is something he takes a lot of pride in because he is a North Bay Battalion through and through.”
Lost in all the fun was Brad Chenier’s two point day, including the game winner as he continues to have a quietly good first half of the season.
The Battalion are back in action December 28th when they travel to Sudbury to take on the Wolves.