Raiders go unbeaten in city competition posting a 23 win, 0 loss, 1 tie record!
RAIDERS CLAIM CITY CHAMPIONSHIP!
Countdown to Next season's try-outs (Sep 1/07)
The RAIDERS with their 3rd place medals
RAIDERS WIN CITY TITLE!!
The Roblin Park RAIDERS set a goal at the beginning of the year of being City Champions. On Wednesday, March 21 at Gateway Rec Centre, they accomplished that goal, defeating St. John's Ravenscourt 3-0 to win the crown.
RAIDERS prepare for playoffs with win in final regular season game
A new season will be starting for the Roblin Park RAIDERS, as the play-offs are set to begin on Sunday, February 25. Having already clinched the Winnipeg West League Championship, the RAIDERS could have coasted to end the season, but instead wanted to send a clear message to all the teams that they will be just as focused in the playoffs.
In playing Ft. Garry, they had an excellent challenge. The south Winnipeg opponents defeated the RAIDERS in the Christmas Challenge tournament, and this game looked like another barn burner. The RAIDERS took an early 1-0 lead on Shane's net drive on the right side; he lifted the puck over the down Flyer goalie. Ft. Garry came back to tie it, but Aidan popped in the go ahead goal. A second goal by Aidan, a great end to end rush by Brandon, and a beautiful goal by Owen, set up by Robert and Kristian, ended the scoring.
The team now prepares for their first opponent of the City play-offs, which will take place mostly at Gateway Recreation Centre. The opponent in the first game will be determined on Saturday, when the 16th and 17th ranked teams play each other (who they are still has to be determined).
"New" goalie helps RAIDERS get past Norberry-Glenlee
Playing his first game in goal since 7-8 House League, Owen didn't know what to expect in his encounter with Norberry-Glenlee, but a shut-out certainly made the position change worthwhile. Owen filled in as the goalie while Shane T. was away. Due to the cold weather, Owen really only had 1 practice before the game. The RAIDERS were determined to help Owen out as much as possible by limiting the number of shots he faced, and were effective in keeping the Norberry-Glenlee attack down. Last week the team clinched the Winnipeg West League Championship, but Norberry-Glenlee has had a good season and the RAIDERS didn't want to take them lightly.
Aidan scored 3 goals to support the "new" goalie, while Brandon added two and Curtis and Robert single goals.
Early pressure gets RAIDERS early lead
A quick start staked the RAIDERS to an early 4-0 lead, and they kept pumping in the goals enroute to a 10-3 win over the Eagles from St.John's Ravenscourt. Excellent passing and teamwork, great backchecking and forchecking, and tremendous team and fan support served the RAIDERS in this game. Owen netted 3 goals, with Matty sliding in 2 more. Single goals went to Curtis, Robert, Shane, Jeff and Aidan. Shane T. played a solid game in goal, turning away many SJF shots.
The RAIDERS will attend the Charleswood Hawks Junior game on Sunday, January 28 against the Pembina Valley Twisters, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Eric Coy Arena. Players will get in for free while parents will have to pay at the gate. The team will wear their white jerseys while they enjoy the action.
Smothering defence leads to convincing win
In the process of allowing only two Sir John Franklin shots on net, the RAIDERS defence served notice that they are the cornerstone of the Roblin Park team. Andrew, Brandon, Jeff, Jeremy and Scott kept the Explorer forwards away from the net, and helped Shane in goal turn away every opportunity. The forwards meanwhile, kept a relentless attack on the SJF net. Scoring in order were Jeremy and Matty in the 1st, Aidan and Robert in the 2nd, and in the 3rd Matty scored his second followed by Kristian. The team used excellent passing, pressure and positional play to control the contest at both ends.
Up next for the RAIDERS is a big game against rival St. John's Ravenscourt on Saturday.
Practices this week have been moved to Pembina Trails Community Club, due to Roblin Park having their Winter Carnival. Monday's practice will be at 6:00 p.m. while Wednesday's will be at 7:00 p.m.
Weekend sweep keeps RAIDERS in top spot
With two convincing wins this past weekend, the Roblin Park RAIDERS maintained the top spot in the Winnipeg West Atom A2 division. While it was quite cold outside, the Charleswood squad was hot on the ice. On Saturday they defeated Richmond Kings 11-1, winning the game decisively, allowing Richmond only 2 shots on net. Matt popped a hat trick, while Robert and Curtis contributed two each. Shane, Erin, Kristian and Ryan also found the back of the net. Even though it turned out to be an easy win, one of Roberts goals was dramatic - a penalty shot. Robert came straight in at the Kings goalie, viewed his options, and let loose with a hard shot the Richmond netminder couldn't handle. The puck went off his catching glove and Rob had scored!
In the 7-3 win on Sunday over St. Norbert, the RAIDERS found themselves facing a physical opponent, with almost a play-off game type of tenacity. The RAIDERS built up a 4-0 lead, then quickly let the Storm back in the game, allowing three goals - 1 to end the 1st period and 2 at the start of the 2nd. But three more RAIDER markers put the game out of reach. As the season progresses, the team is going to have to learn how to deal with physical play, and respond accordingly. Scoring for Roblin Park were Shane and Matt with two each, and solo goals by Robert, Aidan and Curtis.
Practice will be held outdoors this week - weather permitting.
Comeback goal helps RAIDERS earn tie
The clock was ticking away, with less than a minute left in the game. The RAIDERS were trailing Crescentwood Grizzlies 2-1, and goalie Shane was on the bench, pulled for the extra attacker. Matty finds the puck in a grouping of players in the Crescentwood ends, and weaves his way out to break in alone on goal! He dekes, he shoots, the goalie saves, and Erin, who had been following behind Matty, grabs the rebound and lifts it over the Grizzlie netminder. With 40 seconds left, the game is tied 2-2! And that's the way it finished.
What an dramatic conclusion to an exciting game that featured action at all ends of the ice. Curtis had put the RAIDERS ahead in the first period, putting a shot just under the crossbar. Crescentwood answered back with two second period goals to take the lead, and played shutdown defence, stymieingthe RAIDERS relentless attacks, until the last minute marker.
Team pictures will be on Monday, January 8, outdoors at Roblin Park at 7:00 p.m.
The rest of our week looks like this:
Tuesday, January 9 - Practice indoors at Sargent Park - 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10 - Practice outdoors at Roblin Park Please try to have your child attend the practices.
Saturday, January 13 - GAME at 3:15 p.m. at Vimy Arena against Richmond Kings - we are HOME team
Sunday, January 14 - GAME at 11:10 a.m at St. Norbert against St. Norbert - we are the Visitor
RAIDERS claim 3rd place at Christmas Challenge tournament!
With 20 teams entered into the Atom A2 category of the 2006 Christmas Challenge Tournament, you knew the competition for was going to be tough, and tough it was. The Roblin Park RAIDERS, with grit and determination, knocked off Lakeside 7-5 to win the bronze medal. Earlier in the day, the RAIDERS lost only their 2nd game of the year, a tenaciously fought overtime contest to Ft. Garry, by the score of 3-2. If the goalpost bounces had gone the RAIDERS way in overtime, the Roblin Park would have salted the game away early. But such is the fortunes of games, which is why they play them. Ft. Garry deserves full credit for playing a very good game, and will prove to be a challenging team in the second half.
In order to reach the play-off round, the RAIDERS had to first dispatch Sir John Franklin 7-1, and follow that victory up in the same day with a league game victory over St. John's Ravenscourt 6-2, to finish the Winnipeg West 1st half schedule unbeaten at 10-0.
On boxing day the team had a challenging contest with Maples, as four players were missing. The quick line-changing with only two lines tired the players out more quickly than usual. Trailing 2-0 in the 2nd period, the RAIDERS scored four unanswered goals to lead 4-2, but the lack of rest proved fateful, as Maples scored 2 goals in the 3rd, and the game ended in a 4-4 tie. A 6-2 win the next day over East St. Paul placed the RAIDERS 1st in their pool.
The team will now prepare for the 2nd half of the season, an 8 game league schedule in which they play Crescentwood twice. Crescentwood had only 1 loss in the 1st half, and the RAIDERS did not play them. We will also have very competitive games with Ft. Garry, St. John's Ravenscourt and Norberry-Glenlee.
TEAM PICTURES SLATED FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 8 OUTDOORS AT THE REGULAR PRACTICE TIME OF 7:00 AT ROBLIN PARK. PLEASE SEE MORGAN OR DAWN FOR ORDER FORMS
Dakota Black prove to be tough competition for RAIDERS
Though they had only won 2 of 8 games, the Dakota Black team put up a valiant battle with our Roblin Park RAIDERS, though they lost the game 4-0. While the RAIDERS had some quality scoring chances, the Dakota defence did a good job of limiting the opportunities. They did not have many shots, but when called upon Shane T. made the save. The RAIDERS now have 8 shut-outs in 16 games this year.
Slipping pucks into the net were Curtis, Matthew, Shane and Kristian, all with excellent help by their linemates and teammates.
Up next for the RAIDERS will be a double header on Saturday, December 23, as the Christmas Challenge Tournament starts and we still have a league game to play.
Our Christmas Tournament schedule and league game is as follows:
* Saturday, December 23 at St. Norbert Arena against Sir John Franklin - 8:50 a.m. Tournament Game
* Saturday, December 23 at St. James Civic Centre against St. John's Ravenscourt - 5:40 p.m. Last League Game
* Tuesday, December 26 at St. Norbert Arena against Maples - 4:50 p.m. Tournament Game
* Wednesday, December 27 at St. Vital Arena against East St. Paul - 12:30 p.m. Tournament Game
The team will practice this week, Monday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. outdoors at Roblin Park C.C. in preparation for the weekend games.
RAIDERS Roll Through Weekend Sweep
A much anticpated weekend provided the RAIDERS with some competitive challenges, and they rose to the occasion, defeating Dakota White 6-0 on Saturday, and Ft. Garry 8-2 on Sunday. Both Dakota White and Ft. Garry were in the top 4 in Winnipeg West League standings, so the RAIDERS knew these teams would be ready.
A sluggish start in the 1st period against Dakota was quickly forgotten as the Roblin Park squad scored 4 unanswered goals in the 2nd period, the first three courtesy of Shane, who played well at both ends of the ice. Matty chipped in with the fourth goal of the frame. Brandon, on an end to end rush, and Kristian, scored in the third. Shane T. played very well in goal, earning his 7th shut-out of the season, making some key stops in the 1st period to allow the RAIDERS to mount their comeback.
On Sunday agaist Ft. Garry, it was #1 vs. #2. Tied 1-1 after one period, the RAIDERS scored 3 in the second and 4 more in the third. Owen netted the hat trick in this game, with Curtis firing 2, and Matty, Ryan and Kristian scoring singles. Shane T. had to make some amazing stops in this game, including a right pad save on a one-timer in the 2nd period that had the fans applauding.
Both games had the passing, forechecking and backchecking we have come to expect from this RAIDERS team. Everybody worked together as a team, and learned not to retaliate against teams that start getting chippy when they are down. The players have realized it is more painful to hurt the opposition on the scoreboard than with your stick.
Outdoor practices formally begin this week. They will be Monday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Roblin Park Community Centre (weather permitting).
RAIDERS continue winning ways in Winnipeg West League
Like a steamroller that seems unstoppable, the Roblin Park RAIDERS continue to roll through their opposition, winning Sunday's contest against Bourkevale 11-0. As with all RAIDER contests, this was a team effort. The forwards forechecked and kept on shooting, the defence did a great job of keeping the Bourkevale shooters away from the net, and when necessary, the goaltending was stellar.
Matty potted 3 goals, with Aidan chipping in 2. Solo markers went to Curtis, Kristian, Owen, Ryan, Shane and Andrew.
This next weekend will be a real challenge as the RAIDERS play two of the top teams in the league - Dakota White and Ft. Garry. Now we will see if the steamroller can be stopped.
Outdoor practices will begin soon, with Monday and Wednesday as the practice evenings. Start time will be 7:00 p.m.
RAIDERS have busy weekend with four contests in two days!
Players certainly cannot complain about a lack of game time after the RAIDERS completed a whirlwind four games in two days, with three of the games coming on the same day at the Oakville Atom tournament.
The action started on Saturday, Nov. 25, as our RAIDERS played Lorette in their opening tournament game. A close contest with good end to end action resulted in the RAIDERS winning 4-2, behind two goals by Ryan and singles by Kristian and Curtis. After taking a break for another game to be played by two other teams, the RAIDERS were back on the ice facing Warren, who had lost earlier to Lorette 5-0. While the game was fast paced and well played, Roblin Park ended up suffering their first loss of the year, falling 4-2 to their Interlake rival. Aidan and Robert were the only RAIDERS to bulge the twine. This loss put all three teams in the RAIDERS pool at 1-1 records, and the first tie-breaking criteria was goals for. Lorette had scored 7, Roblin Park 6 and Warren 4, thus making that the final order of the standings. So the RAIDERS played in the "B" finals, and came out flying, defeating Starbuck by an 11-0 score - earning Shane T. his 4th shut-out of the year. Scorers included Jeremy, Kristian, and Erin with 2 each, and single to Matthew, Brandon, Owen and Shane. While Andrew, Jeff and Scott did not score, they helped provide stellar defense on the day.
Sunday, Nov. 26 say the RAIDERS back in Winnipeg West League action, taking on the Bord-Air Wings at the Eric Coy Arena. Even though Bord-Air had not won a game yet this year, they put up a great battle and threw out some outstanding goaltenders. It wasn't enough as the RAIDERS prevailed 7-4, scoring 3 goals in the last minute to ice the victory. Kristian and Aidan continued their hot weekends with 2 goals each, while solo markers were contributed by Ryan, Erin and Shane. One parent counted out 52 RAIDER shots in the game, so if not for the great goaltending by Bord-Air, the outcome could have been much higher.
The team will now try to find some indoor ice in preparation for next Sundays game against Bourkevale.
Hot RAIDERS continue winning ways as they start the season with two league victories
The Roblin Park RAIDERS ridden the momentum from their recent RobWest tournament victory, and turned that into two wins on the weekend, 6-0 over Richmond and 10-1 against St. Norbert. Further details on the games will be posted shortly.
RAIDERS win RobWest Tournament for 2nd consecutive year
A tremedous all around effort limited the Sir John Franklin attack to only a few shots, while the RAIDERS of Roblin Park mounted a relentless attack of their own, enroute to a very convincing 6-0 victory in the 2006 RobWest Tournament.
The passing and team play that we evident in the first 3 games of the tournament continued, along with quick line changes to keep fresh legs on the ice.
While this tournament is a nice achievement, it is only a start. This one tournament does not make the season. The players and coaches know that there are many things still to be worked on, and the RobWest showed where we are at this point.
League play begins this coming weekend with a pair of games. Saturday, November 4 at Richmond Kings at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 5 at the St. James Civic Centre, where the RAIDERS are home against St. Norbert.
NOTE:We have a practice scheduled for Saturday, November 11 at Starbuck, at 5:45 p.m. We will be sharing the ice with an 11A1 team.
RAIDERS win first game of RobWest Tournament
The Roblin Park RAIDERS used great passing and skating to overcome their foes from Richmond Kings Community Centre. The final score was 8-0, and could have been more if not for the stellar play of the Richmond goalie, who was forced to repel many attacks. Playing their first game as a team, the RAIDERS controlled the play at both ends of the ice, though they did start a little tentatively. Richmond has some excellent scoring chances early in the game, but great defense (Scott, Brandon, Jeremy, Jeff & Andrew) and goaltending (Shane T.) kept them off the scoresheet. Owen scored four times during the morning contest including the first two markers in the first period. Curtis and Aidan followed with second period goals, and Shane K. added a third period tally. It was a pleasure seeing the kids perform so well together, and we hope it keeps up throughout the rest of the year. Owens first three goals were made possible by great work by Kristian and Robert, while his fourth was courtesy of Matthew and Erin. Ryan played a key role in the goals by Shane and Aidan.
The next games for the RAIDERS will take place on Saturday, October 28 against Dakota (12:45 p.m. at Vimy arena) and Sir John Franklin (6:15 p.m. at Charles A. Barbour arena)
Click the STANDINGS button to see the most up to date standings from the Atom division of the RobWest Tournament
COME CHEER ON THE RAIDERS
RobWest Tournament Schedule
Well, we now have our schedule for the RobWest Tournament:
GAME 1: Sunday, October 22 at 9:15 a.m. at Eric Coy Arena against Richmond Kings
GAME 2 : Saturday, October 28 at 12:45 p.m. at Vimy Arena against Dakota
GAME 3 : Saturday, October 28 at 6:15 p.m. at Charles A. Barbour (formerly Grant Park) against St. John's Ravenscourt - (Yes, a doubleheader on Saturday)
Our game on Sunday, October 29 will depend on our placing:
• 5/6 game - 7:30 a.m. at Varsity View
• 3/4 game - 8:00 a.m St. James Civic Centre
• 1/2 (Gold/Silver) game - 7:00 p.m. at St. James Civic Centre
Please let me know if you have any conflicts with the scheduled games. We may try to get a practice on Saturday, October 21, and possibly 1 during the week (though ice may be hard to find - if anyone knows of a team looking to share, please let me know).
Also, in past years, the Winnipeg West League schedule would start the weekend of October 28/29. This year, since Hockey Manitoba is having their coaches Super Clinic (see yesterdays email), no league games are supposed to be scheduled for that weekend. I will advise if anything changes in this regard.