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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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Raptors ride Captain Wertz\u2019s Hat Trick to Victory

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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  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
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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