Canberra Brave's Jordie Gavin exits Brave Cave in style
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Canberra Brave's Jordie Gavin exits Brave Cave in style

Retiring Canberra Brave forward Jordie Gavin only has four more games left in the tank. He hopes he has four more wins too.

Gavin signed off from home ice in style as the Brave stretched their lead at the top of the Australian Ice Hockey League table with a dominant 5-2 win over the Sydney Ice Dogs at the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre on Sunday.

Per Daniel Goransson has been a star for Canberra this season.

Per Daniel Goransson has been a star for Canberra this season.Credit:Jamila Toderas

The 35-year-old scored to mark the perfect sign-off from the Brave Cave as the former Canberra Knights veteran and ex-Australian representative prepares to hang up the skates.

"Jordie Gavin announced his retirement, so that was his last game in the Brave Cave and he scored in his last game in the Brave Cave which was obviously very special," Brave coach Rob Starke said.

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"In his words he hopes to have four more games left in his career, that’s two in Melbourne and two in Melbourne on the finals weekend."

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The last two of those games will be a semi-final and hopefully a grand final. So the Brave are desperate for four wins.

"Exactly right, that’s the plan," Starke said.

"Jordie leads by example. He’s a great veteran player, a great person in the dressing room and every time he steps on the ice he gives his all, and that’s all you can ask from any player."

Canberra nudged two goals clear in a physical first period through goals to Joey Hughes and Wehebe Darge before Trevor Gerling and Gavin rubbed salt into Sydney's wounds in the second to all but end their finals hopes.

They did it all sporting a different look too.

The Brave have made a name for themselves in blue and yellow, but the club ditched the traditional ACT colours for the clash to raise money for Menslink.

Brave's Bayley Kubara.

Brave's Bayley Kubara.Credit:Jamila Toderas

The one-off jerseys will be auctioned off with all proceeds going towards Menslink as the Brave look to make a difference off the ice.

"We also donated almost a $20,000 cheque to Menslink so it was a great community game as well," Starke said.

"It was standing room only, a packed house, it was a terrific atmosphere. It was just electric, and it was fun to win in our last game here in the Brave Cave and say thanks to our fans."

Sunday's win capped off another dream series for Canberra after they opened their weekend with a thrilling 3-1 win over the Ice Dogs at the Macquarie Ice Rink in Sydney on Saturday.

Sydney Ice Dogs Nathan Chiarlitti.

Sydney Ice Dogs Nathan Chiarlitti.Credit:Jamila Toderas

Hughes' stunning two-goal second period laid the platform for another Canberra victory, which was iced by Casey Kubara's third period goal after the Ice Dogs had clawed their way back into the contest.

The Brave will finish their season on the road when they face the Melbourne Ice in a double-header at The Icehouse in Melbourne next Saturday and Sunday.

Then comes a chance for vengeance, with Canberra already locking in a top four berth ahead of the semi-finals at the same venue in Melbourne the week after.

The Brave will face the fourth-ranked side in the league in a sudden death showdown on September 1, with the winner advancing to the grand final with the Goodall Cup on the line on September 2.

Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times

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