Raiders hope to close out series

Jr. Club up 3-0 over St. James

By Amanda Lefley

In Game Three Mitch Chagnon (#10) and Cam Hildebrand (#14)
put up a combined total of nine points for the Raiders.


Although the Raiders Junior Hockey Club are up 3-0 in their best-of-seven playoff series against the St. James Canucks and the team has won by a fair margin in each match, general manager Lorne Sanders says the Canucks are a tough team that gives the Raiders troubles at times.

Game One took place March 7 in the Raiders home rink and saw a 6-3 victory for the club. The Raiders won by a seven-goal margin March 9 in Game Two as the Canucks fell 9-2. Game Three took place this past Sunday with the club back at home.

The Raiders got off to a commanding start, taking a three-goal lead by the end of the first. Sanders explained the Raiders’ special teams have been a big factor in the series, which was made evident by the short-handed and power play goal scored during the first period of game three.

The Raiders notched four more on the scoreboard before the Canucks answered back with one. Both teams put up another before the second’s end, 8-2 Raiders heading into the third. Both teams put up a goal a-piece during the third, the Raiders potting another short-handed goal; 9-3 Raiders.

“The coaches put together a game plan and I think our guys are executing it brilliantly,” said Sanders of the series so far.

“We’re tickled pink with our start, we really are.”

Sanders explained part of the reason the team has had so much success thus far in the first round is because of the depth the Raiders have. He explained the team was down four key players last Sunday, riddled by injury, and the team was still able to come through. Sanders also said the whole team is putting their best foot forward every night.

“Moving forward that’s going to serve us well,” said Sanders of the team’s depth.

“We’re not healthy, we’re pretty banged up – it’s nice to see with the injuries we do have, some key injuries to some key players, we have lots of depth… It was nice to see our depth come through.”

Game Four took place March 13 but the results were not available by press time. Sanders explained Game Four’s are always tough, as the team wants to close the series. He also said the Raiders are want to carry their momentum forward and stick to their game plan.

“The fourth game is always the toughest, it’s always the toughest one to close out the series. We know St. James is going to put up a good fight and our expectations is to stick to the game plan the coaches have for us and use our depth – and when we do that we have success,” said Sanders.


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