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Battle of the Woods

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Battle of the Woods

In the Ravenwood Raptor’s Jan. 15 match-up against the Brentwood Bruins, the Bruins dominated early and despite a late Raptor rally, fell to Brentwood 2-1.

Brentwood and Ravenwood is one of the most intense rivalries in GNASH. The two schools are less than seven miles apart and the hockey teams have met in the last three state championship games. Many of the players have gone to school together or played on the same travel hockey teams throughout their careers.

In front of their large and vocal student section, the Bruins outworked the Raptors in the first period. With a minute left in the period, Brentwood pinned the Raptors in their zone for over a minute and a half. After a bad bounce off a Raptor skate, Bruins captain Michael Feeney was left wide open and blasted a goal past Ravenwood’s Josh Friedenberger. Less than thirty seconds later, with the Bruins relentless on their attack, Feeney was left open again and knocked the puck out of midair and put it through Friedenberger’s legs. Feeney’s two goals gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

The Bruins, outshooting the Raptros 15-6 and controlling play, came out flying again in the second period, forcing Raptor Coach Dan Keczmer to use his time out to get his team together.

Following the timeout, the Raptors played like a new team, adding seven shots in the last six minutes of the period. Raptor senior Will Lamb cut the Bruins’ lead in half receiving a short behind the net pass from Sam Riley and knocking it home just before the end of the period.

The hits increased in the third period as both teams tried to energize their student sections and their teammates. Both sides had many scoring chances, but both Friedenberger and Brentwood goaltender Daniel Falls stood tall. With less than a minute to go in the game, the Raptors pulled their goalie, but even with the extra attacker, could not find the back of the net as time expired.

With the 2-1 win, Brentwood jumps to first in the GNASH Tier One division with a record of 9-3-1. The Raptors remain in fourth place (7-5).

Three stars of the game: (1) Michael Feeney (2 goals); (2) Daniel Falls (19 saves); (3) Josh Friedenberger (20 saves).

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61