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Raptors ride Captain Wertz’s Hat Trick to Victory

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 7:21 PM CT
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On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Hendersonville Commandos took on the Ravenwood Raptors at Centennial Sportsplex. After losing three of their last four games, the Commandos were looking to get a much needed victory. Ravenwood came into the game on the opposite end of the spectrum, their last appearance a 7-0 win over Pope John Paul II.

The Raptors dominated the Commandos in the first period, a start similar to the last two times the teams have faced off. After a charging call on Commando’s defensemen Taylor Saxon, Ravenwood’s Christian Keczmer buried the puck on the power play to give the Raptors a 1-0 lead with 12:50 remaining in the first. Ravenwood wasn’t finished, with 3:57 left in the period, Keczmer found the twine again, giving Ravenwood a 2-0 lead. The Commandos would not go away, following a scramble around the crease, Aaron Longe buried the puck to cut the Raptor’s lead in half to end the period.

The second period got off to a quick start for the Raptors when their captain Zachary Wertz tallied two goals just 43 seconds apart, giving the Raptors a 4-1 lead. Ravenwood’s goal surge didn’t stop there as Zavenchary Levine scored to make it a 5-1 game. Hendersonville’s Gabriel Bahn would score to cut the Raptor’s lead to three with 1:19 remaining in the second.

In the third period, Ravenwood would wrap up the game and the two points in the standings that came along with it.

Late in the period, Aaron Longe’s slashing penalty put Ravenwood on the power play where Wertz would score, completing his hat trick and giving the Raptors a 6-2 lead and the victory.

With the win Ravenwood’s record improves to 10-6-0 and 20 points, while Hendersonville drops to 8-6-2 and 18 points.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36