Tables were turned in the Napanee Raiders’ favour Tuesday night as they found themselves on the winning side of a late rally, topping the Campbellford Rebels 6-5.
Nicholas Goosney scored with just over three minutes remaining in the third to put the visiting Raiders ahead for good. Campbellford had trailed by three goals at two separate occasions during the game and scored three times in the third to tie it at 5-5 with 10:30 to go.
Huge underdogs heading into the game, the 1-22-2 Rebels gave the top-ranked Raiders a run for their money with their third period rally.
The Raiders enjoyed a 4-1 lead until the late minute of the second when the Rebels got one back to cut the deficit to 4-2.
A quick goal in the opening two minutes of the third brought the Rebels to within one. Napanee’s Christos Chronis appeared to restore order when he potted Napanee’s fifth goal of the night and put them up 5-3, but the Rebels weren’t about to go away quietly. The home team mounted a spirited comeback, scoring two goals in a span of 12 seconds to tie the game with over half a period left to play. Fortunately for the Raiders Goosney’s goal in the final four minutes of play prevented the huge upset and they escaped with the win. Shots were 62-47 in favour of Napanee with Alex Zamuner picking up the win.
The victory was somewhat of a reversal of their previous game on Friday night when the Raiders had rallied late only to see the Frankford Huskies steal the win with a last minute goal.
Napanee will next host the Port Hope Panthers this coming Friday at the SPC. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. On Sunday they travel to Amherstview to face the Jets, also at 7:30 p.m.