Raiders triumph over Jets, fall to Huskies

Adam Prudhomme

Continuing their trend of alternating wins with loses, the Napanee Raiders picked up a 5-3 home victory over the Amherstview Jets on Friday before falling 4-2 to the Huskies in Frankford on Saturday.

Napanee held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period of Saturday’s match on the strength of goals from Reid Lambert and Marshall McFarland.

The Huskies rallied in the third however, taking the lead with a pair of goals in a span of less than two minutes, jumping ahead 3-2 with 13 and a half minutes to play.

Try as they might, the Raiders just couldn’t find the equalizer and the Huskies iced the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Despite getting outscored 3-0 in the frame, the Raiders actually outshot the Huskies 15-10 in the third and 34-32 overall.

Ethan Babin took the loss with 28 saves while Dean Spry earned the win, turning away 32.

On Friday night Trent Williams paced the Raider offense with a pair of goals in their 5-3 win over their cross-county rivals from Amherstview.

After a scoreless first, Ben Chubbs opened the scoring with a short-handed goal to put Napanee up 1-0. McFarland doubled the lead a little over two minutes later on the power-play.

Amherstview’s Wyatt Gregory got one back for the visitors, only to be offset by Williams’ first of the night later in the second period.

The two sides alternated goals in the third, with Caden Kekewich and Brayden Robinson scoring for the Jets while Williams and Cameron Krupa each had a goal for Napanee.

Logan Vale made 29 saves for the win while Marc-Olivier Robert finished with 38 saves for the Jets.

With the split Napanee remains at break even, with a 4-4-1 record on the season. Their nine points places them third in the East Tod Division, trailing both the Port Hope Panthers and Huskies who each have 17 points in 11 and 10 games played respectively.

Amherstview is just one point back of Napanee with a 4-6 mark. Picton is fifth with five points and the Campbellford Rebels are last with one point.

Napanee will hit the road for a mini two game road swing this weekend with no home games this week. On Saturday they travel to Port Hope and on Sunday they visit Amherstview. Both games get underway at 7:30 p.m.

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