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Late 3rd Period goal propels Raptors over Commandos

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 10:59 AM CT
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On Friday night, Jan. 17, the Hendersonville Commandos squared off against the Ravenwood Raptors at A-Game Sportsplex. Coming into the game, the Commando squad was 8-4-2 with 18 points, second in the Tier One Division. The Raptors, with a 7-5-0 record and 14 points, sat at fourth in the Tier One Division. The two previous games between these teams were both wins for the Commandos, taking home 3-0 and 6-5 decisions.

Ravenwood came out ready to battle in the first period, spending the majority of the period inside the Commandos zone. Both teams traded chances, but Ravenwood controlled the tempo of play, registering nine shots on net against the Commandos’ four. Despite Ravenwood dominating the period, the Commandos would escape the period with the score tied at zero.

Just over four minutes into the second period, Ravenwood’s hard work paid off as Christopher Flynn found the twine to give the Raptors the 1-0 lead. With 4:19 left in the period, Raptor’s captain Zachary Wertz gave the Raptors a 2-0 lead with a blocker side shot. The Commandos had no answer and the Raptors took their lead into the second intermission.

The third period would serve to prove the hockey saying that the two goal lead is the hardest lead to uphold.

Ravenwood began the period in penalty trouble after quickly sending two players to the penalty box. Just nine seconds before the first Ravenwood penalty expired, Hendersonville’s captain Tucker Keen scored to cut the Raptors lead in half.

Hendersonville, still on the power play, tied the score at two with a Jack Mali goal. Two minutes later, Hendersonville’s Aaron Longe would get called for an interference penalty, giving Ravenwood the man advantage with a little over four minutes left to play.

Ravenwood’s Chris Cyerko took advantage of the power play opportunity, scoring 1:15 into the power play to take the lead for the Raptors again. That score would hold up to till the final buzzer, giving the Raptors the 3-2 rollercoaster win.

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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

STATS

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