The Raiders and Riels Square off for Game 5, Raiders up 3 games to 1. The crowd was buzzing all through the game with end-to-end action. The fans packed the Southdale arena to see a great game. The Raiders opened the scoring at 12:26 of the 1st period when Tanner Magalas scored his 6th of the playoffs with an assist going to Nicholas Loeppky. The Raiders outshot the Riels 12-9. It ended 1-0 Raiders after the first period. The Riels had 4 power plays in the first period, but could not beat Fiebelkorn. Riels net minder was rookie Ryan Brown and he was solid in the pipes.
Riels finally beat Fiebelkorn at 6:12 when speedy winger Artur Raevskiy gained the Raider zone and made a beautiful saucer pass to Russell Trudeau and he scored on a one timer. The crowd went wild! The second period was very tight checking, no one wanted to make a mistake. That’s how the second period ended 1-1 tie. After 40 minutes, Riels out shot the Raiders 13-7.
Raiders took advantage of Riels penalty at 13:24 on the power play when Nicholas Loeppky redirected a shot from the point from Eric Hansey to take the lead 2-1 with six and half minutes left on the clock. Riels had a power play chance at 14:40 of the third but could not get the equalizer. Raiders killed off the Riel’s power play all through the last 4 games. Riels were pressing right to the bitter end but failed to tie the game. Raiders hung on and won the MMJHL Championship 2-1 and the series 4 games to 1. Riels out shot the Raiders 13-10 and 35-29 overall.
It was a great series and great season for both teams. They were the op two all year long. “Congratulations to the Raiders Hockey Club.” A big thanks to the Riels Hockey Club for the great season and fantastic entertainment throughout the year! Special thanks go out to our loyal Riel fans all year long. Thanks very much for your support, hope to see you all back next year!
Raiders rally to take 3 games to 1 win in the series. Raiders jumped into a 2-0 lead after the first period. First goal came off the stick of Tanner Magalas on the power play from Mike Lazo at 13:52. Then less than a minute later at 14:31, Ryan Seekings scored to make it 2-0 Raiders with help from Nik Lynam and Cole Thalman. Riels out shot the Raiders 17-9 after one period. Riels veteran goalie Kyle Vandemosselaer started this game after having a concussion on the last game of the semi-final series against the Hawks. Kyle just did not look himself in the first period. On the other side of the rink, Raiders net minder Brenden Fiebelkorn was stellar.
Raiders came out hard again scoring two goals in the first three minutes of the second to take a command lead 4-0. First it was Nicholas Loeppky from Tanner Magalas and Nick Matthews at 1:27. Then it was Tanner Magalas, second of the evening on the power play at 2:50 with assists coming from Nicholas Loepkky and Jordan Lisowick. Riels had power play chances in the second and totally dominated the remainder of the period but just could not beat Fiebelkorn who played unreal. Finally at 14:15 mark, Artur Raevskiy blasted a puck top shelf glove side to get the Riels on the board with assists going to Brian Dies and Russell Trudeau. Riels played hard all period, but could only muster one goal. Riels net minder Kyle Vandemosselaer was pulled out of the goal with three minutes into the second period. Ryan Brown came in on his relief and finished off the second period and remainder of the game. Ryan made some good saves stopping all 13 shots in the second. Riels out shot the Raiders 22-13 in the second. The Riels had a great second period, but it seemed after the second they had nothing left in the tank.
The Riels main problem tonight was again their power play chances of 0-6. After for games, the Riels are 1-17. That’s the difference of the series. Raiders scored three more goals in the 3rd frame. Kyle Jur scored at 1:40 with help from Ryan Magalas and Carson Rybuck. Then at 3:50, Eric Hansey scored from Nik Lynam and Cole Thalman. At 13:46, Tanner Magalas got his hat trick from Nick Matthews and Nik Lynam. That was the worst defeat this year for the Riels and they have not lost three straight all year. But you got to remember, its not over till its over. Raiders still have to win one more, but hopefully the Riels have something to say about that.
“Good Luck Riels” Come out fighting hard on Saturday night 7:30 at Southdale.
Good evening Hockey Fans! The series is tied 1-1.
Great goal tending on both sides of the ice. Raiders continued where they left off from game #2 Friday night by working hard and doing their work on specialty teams. Raiders forward, Matt Zolinski opened the scoring at 3:40 of the first with assists going to Zaz Oleksiw and Trenton Fuerst. Riels all-star defenseman, Sean Christensen tied up the game at 10:11 with assists going to Stanislav Izvekov and Brett Charette. The Riels penalty kill unit was very good in the first period stopping the Raiders 0-2. Raiders outshot the Riels 14-7 after the first.
The Riels had four power play chances in the second period, but nothing to show for it. The Riels had a lot of chances to take the lead early, but Raiders net minder Fiebelkorn was solid in the pipes keeping the Riels off the board. Raiders scored the lone goal of the second period on the power play when Mike Lazo shot the puck from the point and somehow it went in past Ryan Brown to make it 2-1 Raiders after two. Nik Lynam had the assist. The Raiders lead was 2-1 after two periods. Riels out shot the Raiders 10-6 in the second. Riels net minder Ryan Brown was also solid in the pipes throughout both periods.
Raiders were hanging on to their one goal lead halfway through the period. Raiders took advantage of a neutral zone turnover and Nick Matthew came down the right side and blasted a hard low shot that somehow trickled through the pads of Riels net minder Ryan Brown at 12:40 of the third period to make it 3-1 Raiders with assists going to Nicholas Loeppky and Mike Lazo. That would seal the deal for the Raiders and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Raiders outshot the Riels 11-7 in the third and 31-24 overall.
The next game is Tuesday night, April 8th at Mosienko Arena. Game 5 is Saturday night back at Southdale Arena at 7:30 pm.