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Proud city finalists with their medals

Season comes to close on winning note. Thank you for a great year!

RAIDERS WIN ASSINIBOINE WEST TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS!!
In their last game together as a team, the RAIDERS wanted to make sure they ended the season the same way they started it - with a win. In meeting the St. John's Ravenscourt Eagles in the Assiniboine West Tournament of Champions finale, the RAIDERS put all parts of their game on display.

The final started slowly for the RAIDERS, who were trailing 1-0 after the 1st period to a pumped up SJR team. However, a point shot by Jeff early in the 2nd period that went off a SJR skate, tied the game, and a few minutes later Ryan put in a rebound to give the RAIDERS a 2-1 lead. Following that goal, Aidan fired a one-timer inside the post, and Erin made it 4-1 by slipping a shot under the goalie just before the buzzer. Owen scored in the 3rd, and Erin notched her 2nd of the game to cement the victory.

Strong backchecking by centres Quentin and Shane K, along with good defence by Jeff and his partners Robbie, Andrew, Daniel and Austin, kept the SJR offence at bay, and allowed Shane T. to cover up on the puck after an excellent save. Great digging in the corners by Curtis, David and Robert helped contribute to the RAIDERS attack.

The coaches would like to thank the players for their great efforts, dedication and sportsmanship throughout the year. And on behalf of the coaching staff and Team Manager Dawn, we would especially like to thank and show our appreciation to the parents and guardians that supported the team all year long, and brought the kids to the games, and cheered on the RAIDERS in all their games.

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SEASON!!!



WIN OVER FT. GARRY PUTS RAIDERS IN AW TOURNAMENT FINALS!!
Flying up and down the ice, the RAIDERS dispensed with their arch nemisis, Ft.Garry, to earn a berth in the championship game. In defeating the South Winnipeg opponent, the RAIDERS played a fundamentally sound game in all areas of the rink. Aidan fired a hat trick, with single goals netted by Owen and Shane K. Shane T. had another stand-up game in goal, especially robbing #15 of Ft. Garry on a breakaway. His low goals against average has been helped by great defensive play and solid backchecking.

The last game of the season for the 9A2 RAIDERS will be the Assiniboine West Tournament of Champions Championship game, against the upstart St. John's Ravenscourt Eagles. Game time is 12:45 on Friday, April 14, at Keith Bodley (Kirkfield-Westwood) Arena.

COME GIVE THE RAIDERS ALL THE

SUPPORT YOU CAN IN THEIR

LAST GAME TOGETHER!!!


Strong effort propels RAIDERS to 2nd AW Tournament win - team now in Semi-finals
Strong backchecking by the RAIDERS stymied any Norberry attacks, as the Roblin Park squad defeated their opponents 7-1. At times this was a clumsy affair, though the RAIDERS outplayed them at both ends of the ice. Some nice passing led to two goals each by Quentin and Owen, while sole efforts went to Curtis, Robbie and Shane K. Shane and Quentin gave the RAIDERS the early lead with top shelf shots, while Owen was on the receiving end of some great passing by David and Robert for his 2nd goal. Robbie contributed a great individual effort, powering his way through three defenders to score on the backhand, and Quentin popped his second by crashing the net and slipping in a rebound. Curtis netted his by getting behind the defence and putting it over the goalies pad. Shane T. made the saves when needed to keep the RAIDERS in the lead.

The next game in the AW Tournament of Champions is a semi-final affair with arch rival Ft. Garry. This game is Tuesday, Aprill 11 at 7:30 at Allard Arena.

COME CHEER ON THE RAIDERS!


Raiders win first game of AW Tournament of Champions
This was an excellent game considering the players were off for over a week. The team passed, checked and skated like they didn't miss a workout. Curtis scored twice, once on a great pass from Austin and the other on a great pass from Erin. Singles were by Robbie C. on a point shot and Owen going top shelf. Andrew was named Player of the Game for leading the strong defence in the shut-out. A special "Shut-Out" trophy was presented to Shane T. for his good game.

The next action will be Saturday, April 8 -10:30 a.m. at Allard against Norberry. Following that game, the play-off round will begin. Click the "Schedule" button on the left to track the tournament.


Schedule set for Assiniboine West Tournament of Champions.

The combatants have been determined for the 35th Annual Assiniboine West Tournament of Champions. There are 6 team in our category:
Roblin Park, Ft. Garry, Norberry, Ravenscourt, Sturgeon Creek and Phoenix.

The teams are divided into 2 pools. Our Pool is us, Norberry and Sturgeon Creek.

Our games are as follows:
*Monday, April 3 - 6:00 p.m. at Keith Bodley (Kirkfield-Westwood) against Sturgeon Creek
* Saturday, April 8 -10:30 a.m. at Allard against Norberry

Play-off games will follow after that, either on Sunday, April 9 or Tuesday, April 11, depending where we finish.

We will try to get an ice time on Sunday, April 2, in an effort to get the skating legs back after the spring break.

I hope everyone has a good break, and enjoy your time off visiting with the family again.


RAIDERS CLAIM SILVER MEDAL AFTER CLOSE LOSS TO VALLEY GARDENS

This was another close nail-biter of a contest. The RAIDERS played a great game, keeping it scoreless after the 1st period, and outplaying Valley Gardens at both ends. Valley Gardens scored in the 2nd, and potted another goal on a deflection early in the 3rd. With 2 minutes left Robbie C. scored on point shot to make it 2-1 and gave the RAIDERS hope. The kids fought valiantly to tie it, but couldn't push the puck across in several scrambles.

The coaching staff are all very proud of the great job the kids did in winning the silver medal at the City Championships.

We would also like to say a special thanks to all the fans out at the games, as they outcheered the opposition at all games. Great noisemakers, gang. You made it fun for the kids!!!

The team (and the parents) will now have some time off before we prepare for the Assiniboine West Tournament of Champions.

GREAT WORK OUT THERE, RAIDERS!!! You are the best 9A2 team in our eyes.


VALLEY GARDENS DEFEATS RAIDERS IN FIRST GAME OF CITY FINALS
The first game of the best of three city finals was a tough affair, with the RAIDERS taking the early 1-0 lead when Ryan grabbed his own rebound and banged it in. Valley Gardens scored 2 in the first and 1 in the second to lead 3-1. Ryan scored his second of the game on a 3 on 2 rush, but V.G. potted a 4th goal to seal the win. Shane T. made many key saves to keep the RAIDERS in the game.

This game was a typical play-off game, with heavy action, incidental contact, controversial calls, and great efforts. The players will have to come out on Tuesday with another big effort if they hope to extend the series.

Tuesday's game starts at 6:00 p.m. at St. Vital arena. Please try to have the players there 45 minutes prior to the game.

>GO RAIDERS GO


GREAT EFFORT PROPELS RAIDERS TO CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Our RAIDERS played the game of their lives today, and with that game claimed a 6-1 victory over Ft. Garry. The win advances the RAIDERS to the city championships against Valley Gardens.

This was a fantastic team effort. The RAIDERS totally dominated Ft. Garry enroute to a convincing "B" side championship win, and now advance to the city finals. Scorers were Curtis and Aidan with 2 each, and singles by Owen and Shane. Shane T. again played great in goal.
WAY TO GO RAIDERS!!

The first game of the best of 3 final will be Sunday, March 19 at St. Vital Arena. Game time is 1:00 p.m.

>COME CHEER ON THE RAIDERS!!


RAIDERS MAKE "B" SIDE FINAL WITH WIN OVER DAKOTA
Continuing to fight the elimination demons, the RAIDERS grabbed the early lead and held on to defeat Dakota 5-3. Owen scored two early markers on top-shelf wrist shots to put the RAIDERS out front. Robbie contributed the middle goal on a point shot, and Ryan finished it off with two goals in front of the Dakota net. Shane T. had a great game in goal, coming up with save after save to repel the Lazers attacks.

The next game will be Friday, March 17 at St. Vital Arena. Game time is 6:45 p.m., and our opponent will be Ft. Garry.


SUPER TEAM EFFORT PROPELS RAIDERS PAST RAVENSCOURT
Following a tough 2-1 loss to Valley Gardens, the RAIDERS staved off elimination by routing St. John's Ravenscourt 10-2 on Tuesday night. This was a total team effort, with excellent backchecking and forechecking.

Owen, and his linemates David and Robert, had very strong games. Owen scored 3 times, with David adding 2 markers. Shane K. and Curtis also scored twice each, while Aidan added a single goal.

The defence was rock solid, contributing mightily with their poke checks, passing, and by breaking up any SJR advances. The team will need more efforts like this if they wish to keep advancing.

The next game will be Wednesday, March 15 at Bertrand Arena. Game time is 6:00 p.m., and our opponent will be Dakota, who defeated Norberry 4-2, also on Tuesday.


TOUGH LOSS TO VALLEY GARDENS PUTS RAIDERS ON "B" SIDE OF CITY PLAY-OFFS
The RAIDERS ran into an old foe on Friday night, and again came out on the short end of the score. Valley Gardens, an A1 team at the start of the year that was relegated to A2 at the Christmas break, made a second period goal stand up enroute to a close 2-1 victory over our RAIDERS. Shane K. gave us the early lead, but Valley Gardens responded back with 2 minutes left in the 1st period.

Play was fast and furious at both ends, and Shane T. was called on to make several key saves. The RAIDERS carried the play for the first half of the 3rd period, but were unable to score.

The loss moves the RAIDERS to the "B" side of the double-knockout city championships. The next game will be Tuesday, March 14 at Dakota C.C.-South rink. Game time is 7:40 p.m., and our opponent will be St. John's Ravenscourt, who defeated Maples 3-1 on Sunday.

RAIDERS SHOW SKILL IN SECOND PLAY-OFF GAME
Excellent passing, skating and shooting carried the RAIDERS to a convincing 10-2 victory over Norberry in the 2nd play-off game. Quentin picked up where he left off the last game, scoring a hat trick, his first "hat" of the year. Curtis potted three goals also, along with two from Owen, and singles by Aidan and Robbie C. Shane T. made a few keys stops, especially a breakaway save in the 2nd period.

Following a slow start, the RAIDERS finally got things going. A strong defense, lead by Jeff, Robbie C., Daniel, Andrew (back off the sick list) and Austin (a late arrival due to the snow in Portage), kept Norberry's attack at bay.

The passing and puck movement of the forwards led to many shots directed at the Norberry goalie. Erin's battles on the boards led to her linemates six goals, while Robert and David assisted Owen's two. The line of Shane, Ryan and Aidan, while only scoring 1 goal, was dominant throughout the contest.

The next game for the RAIDERS will be Friday, March 10 at the St. Vital Arena, at 6:45 p.m. Our opponent will be Valley Gardens, who defeated us earlier this year in an exhibition game. Click on "Standings" on the left column to see the latest play-off results.


RAIDERS WIN FIRST PLAY-OFF CONTEST
Tough play-off hockey was in full force at St. Vital Arena today, with several contests in the 9A2 division throughout the day. The key game for the RAIDERS was their first round game against Champlain, a team that struggled through the 2nd half of the Winnipeg East season. But as we all know, the play-off are a different season, and this game showed it.

Champlain came out strong, and after Quentin scored the first goal of the game, replied with two first period goals of their own, including an excellent one timer on a face off. To start the 2nd period the RAIDERS were forced into a brief goalie switch, with Owen taking over for Shane T. Playing without equipment, Owen stopped two shots, while Shane K. backhanded in a shot during a goalmouth scramble. Shane T. returned to the net half-way through the 2nd period and kept the door shut the rest of the way. The RAIDERS had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game, but the Champlain goalie kept coming up with amazing saves, stopping a barrage of shots. However, he couldn't stop Quentin on a 3rd period 2 on 1, as Q slipped the puck under him for the winner.

The next game for the RAIDERS will be Sunday, March 5 at the Bertrand Arena, at 11:15 a.m. Our opponent will be Norberry, who defeated East St. Paul White, 4-2. Click on "Standings" on the left column to see the latest play-off results.

PLAY-OFF SCHEDULE RELEASED We have our play-off schedule. This play-off is a double knock-out, so once you lose 2 games, you're out.

Our first game will be on this Saturday, February 25. Start time is 1:30 p.m. and we are at the St. Vital Arena. Our opponent in the is game is Champlain Community Centre. Should we win, our next game would be Sunday, March 5 at 11:15 a.m. at the Bertrand Arena. Should we lose this Saturday, we would play Saturday, March 4, 1:30 p.m. at St. Vital Arena. I will have copies of the draw for everyone this Saturday.
Please ensure that your child is at the games 45 before start time! Winnipeg Minor has indicated that games may start 15 minutes prior to the original start time, so we must be ready just in case.

Raiders finish season on winning note
A much improved St.John's Ravenscourt squad was still no match for our RAIDERS, as the controlled the game en route to a 5-1 victory. This game was another example of how the play-offs will be conducted, as there was much more body contact and stickwork than in usual contests. Curtis scored 2 early markers, with singles going to Aidan and defencemen Robbie C. and Austin. Shane T. played well in goal, making some excellent breakaway saves. The team now awaits their first play-off opponent.

Raiders win lone weekend encounter
Though its not the playoffs yet, our RAIDERS now know what to expect when that time comes. This was a physical contest with St. Norbert, but the kids fought through the contact and slashing to win 8-3. A uniform snafu had the jerseys show up right at game time, as the team took to the ice in practice sweaters The team seemed unprepared at the start, as St. Norbert took the early lead. But Erin almost singlehandedly took matters into her own hands, having a a huge game, scoring 4 goals - three on rebounds and one on a breakaway. Aidan and Shane K each notched two on powerful wrist shots. Shane T. didn't have a lot of action, but stopped his first ever penalty shot.

Pair of weekend games tight contests
Once again the RAIDERS had to be at their best, as the two games on the weekend tested everyones skills. On Saturday, an improving Richmond Kings team came back from a 3-0 deficit, cutting the lead to 3-2, but were held off by great puck contol and passing by the RAIDERS. While Aidan, Shane K. and Owen scored for the RAIDERS, it was the passing - those that were completed and those that were attempted - that were the highlight of the game. The spirited Richmond squad was lead by the play of their unorthadox goalie, whose diving stops kept his team in the game.

Sunday's game featured two teams tied with each other in the standing, our RAIDERS and Westridge. The RAIDERS carried most of the play, even though the shots were fairly even. Shane T. made some excellent saves, including a brilliant stop on a one-timer in the second period, to thwart the Westridge scoring attempts. Aidan, who scored one goal in the Saturday game but had chances for about four, netted three in this game, with Owen popping the other marker. Though it wasn't one of the teams better games, the players still utilized the pass to move the puck down ice and create scoring opportunities.



Two tough weekend games test the RAIDERS
Two good opponents tested the RAIDERS this past weekend, as the team split a pair of games. On Saturday, tremendous backchecking and passing had the puck on the RAIDERS sticks for most of the game, as the team defeated Crescentwood 7-1. Some highlight passes, including one by Owen across to send David in alone for a 3rd period goal, provided memorable moments. Along with David's goal, Curtis scored 3 goals, and Shane K, Owen, and Ryan scored singles. Shane T. played well in goal, just missing the shutout against a team that was tied with us in the standings.

On Sunday the RAIDERS played an exhibition game at Terry Sawchuk Arena against Valley Gardens, a team that began the year as a 9A1 team, but was moved down after Christmas. The RAIDERS got off to a slow start, and found themselves trailing 4-0 in the first period. Being down in a game was something the team was not used to. The players regrouped and played well the last two periods, but the comeback effort fell just short, losing 6-4. The game against Valley Gardens was a good test, and the players and coaches learned some things that need to be worked on.

All in all, it was a good weekend of hockey, and the players should be proud of the efforts they put forth.



Another strong team performance vaults RAIDERS over Phoenix
Even an 8:00 a.m. start couldn't cool down the red hot RAIDERS, though it did take the team a period to get going. Once they did, the players put forth at non-stop effort in defeating Phoenix 12-0. Many of the goals came off of passes, or as players went to the net for rebounds. Ryan took full advantage of free pucks, slipping 3 into the net. His linemates Aidan and Shane popped in 2 each. Curtis, Erin and Quentin played tic-tac-toe on several rushes, with Curtis and Quentin each popping one, and Erin on the doorstep at several occasions. The line of Owen (1 goal), Robert (1 goal) and David also was relentless, with David denied a goal through some great saves.

The strong defence again made an easy game for Shane T, who was a little under the weather, though he did have to stop a few to earn the team's 5th shut-out of the year. While Austin scored a goal, the other defencemen jumped into the play, but Robbie, Andrew, Daniel and Jeff were stymied in their efforts to bulge the twine.

Next up for our RAIDERS will be two games this weekend - a league game on Saturday versus a very good Crescentwood team, and an exhibition game against Valley Gardens on Sunday. Valley Gardens was an A1 team in the Winnipeg East League to start the year, but was moved to A2 after Christmas. It should be an interesting weekend!


Team effort propels RAIDERS to win over Norberry
Excellent forechecking and backchecking led our RAIDERS to a convincing 7-1 victory over Norberry.
Great passing by Ryan led to Aidan's first 2 goals in a hat trick performance. Curtis popped in 2, with helpers from his linemates Quentin and David, and Austin and Owen added single markers. Shane T. while not challenged often, made the saves when needed.
Robbie, Andrew, Daniel, Austin and Jeff played outstanding on defence, while the penalty killing, lead by Robert S., Owen, Erin and Shane K. kept Norberry from ever mounting any attack, and actually out-shot Norberry while killing the penalties.

This week will have two outdoor practices (weather permitting), on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Centre. We may look for some indoor ice on Saturday.


PLEASE NOTE: The week of January 22-29 is the Roblin Park Winter Carnival. Our outdoor practices that week at the club will NOT be held due to the tournament going on. We will be looking for ice somewhere else, and will keep everyone informed.


RAIDERS squeak out win to start 2nd half of schedule
The 2nd half of the regular season schedule started on Sunday, and our RAIDERS worked their way through a 6-4 victory over a gallant Sturgeon Creek team. Sturgeon Creek fought back from a 5-2 deficit, scoring two quick 3rd period goals. However, David flipped a rebound over a sprawling Sturgeon goalie with 7 minutes left in the game to seal the victory. Aidan netted three goals including two in the first period, and Shane K. potted the other two, both on the same 2nd period shift. Austin and Jeff were making their return to action after holiday trips had them away. The RAIDERS next action is on Sunday, January 15 at the St. James Civic Centre against Norberry. Game time is an early one at 8:30 a.m.


RAIDERS WIN CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
The RAIDERS had many heroes this week in the Christmas Challenge tournament, and more came to the forefront in the 2005 tournament final, a dramatic 4-1 win over Ft. Garry.

Erin scored early in the 1st off a wild scramble in front of the net. That score held up until the 3rd period, when Ft. Garry tied the game on a 2 on 1. But Ryan, backhanding a rebound over the Ft. Garry goalies glove, scored to put us ahead 2-1. This was followed by goals from Owen and Shane K. to secure the victory. Shane T. had another outstanding game in goal, stopping several sharp shots, including a breathtaking pad save on a breakaway. Once again, the defence was tough and we had great backchecking to help thwart any additional scoring opportunities by Ft. Garry.

Though we won 4-1, this was our toughest game of the tournament. Ft. Garry finished in first place in the 1st half of the schedule with only 1 loss, so this win was the product of hard work. Robbie C. was voted our Hardest Working Player of the Tournament. Individual Players of the Game were selected after each game, and these were awarded to Quentin, Daniel, David, Robbie C. and Erin.

Great game and great tournament kids!!! Well deserved!!!

The team will have practice this coming week on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Club. Our first game of the 2nd half is on Sunday, January 8 at 11:45 a.m. at the Allard Arena against Sturgeon Creek.

RAIDERS GO TO FINAL OF CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT
On Friday, December 30 at Gateway Community Club, the Roblin Park RAIDERS will try to win it all at the 2005 Christmas Challenge Tournament, following today's decisive 5-0 victory over East St. Paul Red Aces.

As with the other games in the tournament, the Raiders 4th consecutive win (and 2nd consecutive shut-out), was keyed by strong defensive play and goaltending, and offensive thrusts that constantly outchanced their opponents. The goalies on the other teams have had to play well, because the RP attacks have been relentless. The defense, aided by great backchecking, has been able to minimize scoring threats, and have even jumped into the attack themselves.

Shane T. earned his 4th shut-out of the year, and second in 2 games, making a couple of key breakaway stops while the outcome of the game was still undecided. Balanced scoring, with singles by Owen, Robbie C. (on an excellent end-to-end rush), Robert, Aidan and Shane, lifted the Raiders to the win. Excellent passing by Erin, Curtis, Quentin and Andrew, and all the other players, made the goals possible.

The team stayed on top of the Aces all game, following the coaches' pre-game talk that pressure creates chances, and chances create goals.

Game time for the final on Friday, December 30 is 1:30 p.m.

Come cheer on the RAIDERS!

Go to http://xmas.gatewayrec.com for all the tournament scores.


RAIDERS notch 3rd victory of CHRISTMAS Tournament
Great backchecking, defence, passing and goaltending were the keys to victory for the RAIDERS as they took an early 1-0 lead, scored 2 third period markers, and defeated Norberry 3-0. Our RAIDERS next action is Wednesday morning at Gateway against East. St. Paul Red, to see who wins the B Pool of the Gold Division. Scorers in the Norberry game were Aidan, Owen and David. Shane T. recorded his 3rd shut-out of the year.



RAIDERS win first two games of Christmas Challenge Tournament
Our RAIDERS used some strong play to win their first two games of the Christmas Challange tournament. The two wins won the first level of pool play for the squad, who now qualify for "Gold" pool play, along with other pool champions Maples, Ft. Garry, Westridge, Norberry and E. St. Paul Red.

The first Gold pool game will be on Tuesday, December 28 at Glenwood Arena at 5:30 p.m. against Norberry. The second game will be on Wednesday, December 29 at Gateway - Blue Rink, against E. St. Paul Red. Depending on how the team does in these two games will determine their game time on Friday, December 30.

The first game featured a Hat Trick by Curtis, with two from Shane K. and a single by Owen. In the second game, Owen had a Hat Trick, while Shane K., Daniel and Aidan chipped in with solo efforts. Most of the goals were set up by great passes, as the team seems to be understanding the passing concept better, creating excellent scoring chances. Only some outstanding saves by opposing goalies kept the scores from getting any higher.


Christmas Challenge Tournament
Our RAIDERS will be playing in the Christmas Challenge tournament. The first game will be Friday, December 23 at 10:45 a.m. against Richmond Kings at the Richmond Kings Arena. The second game will be on Boxing Day, Monday, December 26, at St. Norbert Arena, 11:00 a.m. against Robert A. Steen C.C., from the Winnipeg East League.

Following these two games, teams will be pooled into either Gold, Black or Red Divisions, and the other 3 games of the 5 game guarantee will be played. The tournament is scheduled to wrap-up on December 30.




 


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