Ayleworth’s big week propels Napanee Raiders to fifth straight victory

Trent Williams of the Napanee Raiders skates in for a shot against Dean Spry of the Frankford Huskies. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

Adam Prudhomme

It was a productive week for the Napanee Raiders as they picked up all six possible points, defeating the Picton Pirates, Frankford Huskies and Amherstview Jets in succession.

Napanee capped the perfect sequence by doubling up the Jets 8-4 in Amherstview on Sunday afternoon on the strength of a five-goal third period.

Blake Aylesworth led the way with a hat trick while Michael Patrick, Jackson Barnes, Christos Chronis, Cam Krupa and Clayton Farrow each had one.

Logan Vale earned the win with 19 saves, out-dueling Marc-Olivier Robert, who allowed all eight goals on 38 shots. The game was a sharp contrast to Robert’s previous meeting with the Raiders back on Oct. 29, when he spun a shutout on 23 saves.

The Jets were 0-8 on the power-play while the Raiders converted on four of their six opportunities-ultimately the difference on the scoreboard.

Friday night at home the Raiders held on for a 4-3 win over the visiting Huskies in front of 400 fans at the Strathcona Paper Centre.

Aylesworth was once again the driver of Napanee’s offense, potting a pair of goals in the first period. Patrick added one late in the second for Napanee while Trent Williams tacked on an insurance marker with nine minutes left to play in the third. That goal made it 4-2 at the time before the Huskies’ Ty McCambridge made things tense with a power-play goal with 2:21 left on the clock.

Ethan Babin was able to make the one goal stand up, finishing the night with 34 saves. His counterpart Dean Spry allowed all four goals on 33 shots.

Napanee opened their impressive week with a 7-3 win in Picton on Thursday.

Reid Lambert, Chronis, Williams, Ben Carter, Marshall McFarland, Aylesworth and Ben White all scored for Napanee.

Vale earned the win with 38 saves.

Aylesworth, who scored just two goals in his first 10 games this season, has now scored seven goals in his last four.

After hitting a bit of a bump in October the Raiders have rebounded in a big way in November, yet to lose this month. They’ve shot up to third in the East Tod Division with a record of 9-6-0-1 on the season. They’re five points back of both the Huskies and Port Hope Panthers for first. The Jets are three back of Napanee while the Pirates are just a point behind the Jets.

Napanee will welcome the basement dwelling Campbellford Rebels to the SPC on Friday. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the Raiders hit the road to take on the Huskies with that game slated to get underway at 6:50 p.m.

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