The Napanee Raiders capped off a perfect October with a pair of wins this weekend, routing the Port Hope Panthers 9-2 at home on Friday before blanking the Amherstview Jets 6-0 on the road Sunday.
On Friday the Raiders built a 3-0 lead just 6:32 into the game as Brendan Hagerman, Dayton Kent and Matthew Panetta each potted a goal.
Port Hope looked like they might make it interesting, rattling off two unanswered goals at the 7:15 and 16:44 mark to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Napanee’s Jacob Gilbert scored late in the first to end Port Hope’s run and seemed to quell any momentum they had built in the process.
The Raiders added tacked on five more over the final two periods to cruise to the 9-2 victory. Ryan Casselman potted a short-handed goal 1:44 into the second before Gilbert added his second of the game just passed the midway point of the second. Austin Labelle notched a power-play tally while Devon King and Justynn Steven piled on insurance markers in the third.
Bailey Maracle earned the win, facing just 15 shots on the night. His counterpart Eric Martin was much busier, stopping 35 of 44.
Napanee was 1-6 on their power-play chances while the Panthers were 1-5.
Sunday night in Amherstview it was Nicholas Nabuurs who stole the show, stopping all 23 Jet shots he faced for his second shutout of the season.
Cameron Harris scored the only goal Napanee would need 4:20 into the game. Brodie Maracle added a second at 9:28.
After a scoreless second the Raiders struck four times in the third courtesy of Evan Foley, King, Labelle and Kent, with all but King’s coming on the power-play.
Napanee was 3-6 on the mad advantage while the Jets went scoreless on all five of their opportunities.
With their pair of wins the Raiders closed out a 7-0 month of October, pushing their record to 11-1-1 on the year. They hold a five point lead (23-17) over the second place Picton Pirates, who are 8-4-0-1 through their first 13 games.
The rest of the Tod Division sits under .500, with the Jets now 5-6-2 (12 points), the Gananoque Islanders 4-8-0-1 (nine), Panthers 2-10 (four) and Campbellford Rebels 1-12 (two).
The Rebels broke into the win column for the first time this season (and just the second time since the 2016-17 season) with a 6-3 win over the Islanders on Saturday.
The Raiders will look to continue their winning ways into November when they host the Islanders for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop on Friday. On Sunday they travel to Port Perry for an Orr Division cross-over match against the 7-5 Mojacks.