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12-09-2012, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by CoasttoCoast View Post
Ottawa is very good, blew out a injury riddled Nepean, beat Smith Falls today, they now have the best record in the league.
I'm not knocking Smith Falls, but there is only 1 puck on the ice and they have 5 kids who want it on their stick, they will figure it out.

CPC over Nep. today- Very physical game by CCHL standards. CPC came out hard and deserved the 1st. period. It was pretty even the rest of the way. No real set lines for Nepean after line One, #1 was Rodier, Hedges, Neil. Sharples and Milito played forward for most of the game. Yarwood played defense again today, he seemed to be skating better and confident with the puck. I know they are looking to upgrade their defense some how, but I'm not sure they can afford to leave him on defense.
Disappointing, Nepean won 5 games in a row before today, but the one loss drops them to 3rd in their division, things are tight.
Both Smith Falls and Nepean coming of losses, should be a good game on Wednesday.
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I saw the Raiders 4-2 loss (EN goal) much the same but I didn't think the game was overly physical. The Refs were strange with their calls letting some foolishness go while clamping down on some meaningless activity. I would say more chippy then physical with punches, slashes and crosschecks going mostly unpunished.

CP was flying in the first and the best player on the ice may have been the older Edwards. I think he must have gotten hurt because he didn't return after the first (I am sure the numerous CP fans on here will know more). A fight later in the first seemed to awaken my Raiders as they played better after the "take down."

We are still missing Norris, Hodgson and Williams. I'll be glad when they return. I think both Yarwood and Milito could find themselves on defence once all hands are on deck. I liked what I saw of both of them this afternoon - both seemd willing to clear the front of the net and give out more than they take (Milito especially in his own end). Vered and Llorca were just average this afternoon on the backend - efficient I would say.

It seemed to me that all our scoring chances were from the outside or the side wall and for the second game in a row our PP didn't deliver (this time on a 4 minute man-advantage at the end of the first) when we needed it. I thought Watt played an energetic game but Nasca certainly needs to provide more (at least until the aforementioned injured are healed).

I thought both goalies were pretty good (and perhaps could have garnered star consideration) and "Z" was helped out by his goalposts on three or four occasions (if you ask him I'm sure he'll tell you that's all he gave them and his angles were on). He made a couple outstanding glove saves - especially one in the second - to keep the game close.

Still overall an entertaining game. I am also looking forward to Smiths Falls later this week.

Finally - and on a humerous note - two of the three stars were verbally announced at the games completion for the Raiders and...wait for it....one went to Norris! Also Hedges and Neil were awarded assists on our first goal but it was a CP turnover at the side of the net and a failure to cover the puck that allowed Rodier to dive in and poke it home. No other Raider touched it - but we'll take the extra apples! This seemed to be the theme as assists were awarded to CP players whom didn't touch the puck or were not on the ice. Garrod inparticular seemed to struggle (perhaps I need to go back to the recent referee post on HF Boards) in this regard.

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