Minto Cup 2017
Raiders v Cocquitlam Adanacs
August 18, 2017
Day 2 and game 2…BC Champs and defending Minto Cup Champs the Coquitlam Adanacs and your Raiders!! Shaping up to be a definite battle of the goaltenders as two of the top goalies in the Raiders’ Orleman and the Adanacs’ Del Bianco would face each other.
The Raiders came out of the gate ready to go on this day as Jake Foster got the boys on the board at 3:37 which was quickly followed up by Travis Getz at 3:59 and the boys had a quick 2-0 lead. Orleman and the Raiders defense kept the Adanacs at bay till the 5:14 mark when the BC crew made it 2-1. But that didn’t last long as just 12 seconds later Harrison Matsuoka on a transition breakaway scored his first of the night at 5:26 to restore the 2 goal lead. The Adanacs made it 3-2 before the Raiders put up three in a row which began with Levi Anderson on transition at 12:27. The Raiders showed their potent transition game as Matsuoka got goals at 12:55 and 14:23 which saw Orleman hit the sheet with an assist on one and Matsuoka with the hat trick gave the Raiders a 6-2 lead. Adanacs scored one just before the end of the first on a power play the boys went to the room with a 6-3 lead. A number of penalties in the first period which has not been the trend of this tournament was hoped to not be a sign of things to come.
The second period started with a bang as the Adanacs cut the Raider lead to just 2 goals 30 seconds in but a good response by Brett McIntyre with a beauty shorthanded goal at 1:02 as the Raiders were killing yet again as they saw 4 penalties in a row come their way. The teams continued to trade goals as the Adanacs scored followed by Liam Patten a 6:03 on another transition power play goal to make it 8-5. The defending champs then showed they were not going to go away as they finished the period with 3 straight goals including 2 on the power play to end the period and the teams would head to the third period all tied up at 8.
The third period was back and forth battle with the teams each having a number of possessions but these two strong goalies showed why they are two of the best. The Raiders finally broke the tie on the power play as Dylan Kinnear at 4:00 gave the boys a 9-8 lead. Then just over the half way mark at 10:18 Matsuoka with his 4th of the night gave the Raiders a 10-8 lead. But the Adanacs showed why they are back to defend their title as they were able to go on another run and score 3 in a row including the heart breaking winning goal at 17:17. The Raiders pushed hard to get an opportunity to tie it up and force overtime including the last possession but it was a tough defeat with the final 11-10 Adanacs.
This sets up play in game for Saturday and day 3 of the Minto as later in the night the Six Nation Arrows defeated the Mimico Mountaineers. The Raiders will have to once again battle a Mounties team go continue their run at the Minto with the teams facing off at 2pm Eastern Time Saturday.
Tournament Player of the Game with 4 goal performance from the back end was Harrison Matsuoka. The Raiders’ AbsorbLMS Player of the Game was also Harry Matsuoka. The coaches selected Tyler Sceviour Bigeye Productions’ Jordan McKinnon Hardest Working Raider.
Minto Cup 2017
Raiders v Six Nations Arrows
August 17, 2017
Finally it was here…the start to the 2017 Minto Cup and the Raiders drew the Ontario Jr A champs Six Nations to start the event off at the historic Brampton Memorial Arena. The arena definitely had a buzz to it as many of our wonderful Raider Nation traveled out east and lots of family and friends of the boys were in attendance to watch the opener for the Raiders.
The game started with all the talk about the heavily favored Six Nations team but it was the Raiders that came out to show them they belonged. The teams had a feeling out process to start and Kevin Orleman showed very early on why the Raiders made the move to acquire his services in net and Kevin was ready to play back in his home province of Ontario.
Both teams had many touches and showed that this could be a defensive battle as the stats from each team showed from the season with both teams having the lowest goals against in Junior A lacrosse. But it was the Raiders that started the scoring!! At 5:12 of the period 5th year assistant captain and leader Dylan Kinnear continued his scoring in the playoffs with his first goal of the Minto. A great passing play lead to the goal with Brett McIntyre and Cam Wengreniuk getting the helpers. The Arrows responded at 7:48 to tie the score as Cory Highfield finally was able to solve Orleman. He was also the only Arrow from this high powered offense to solve Orley and the Raiders defense in the first period. The goals went back and forth as Highfield at 9:55 made it 2-1. But under a minute later at 10:48 Raiders and AB JrA leading scorer Brett McIntyre tied it up with his first of the night.
The Arrows then went up 3-2 at 14:48 with Highfield his third of the period. But at 18:02 McIntyre ensured that the Raiders would go the dressing room knotted at 3 with his second of the night. The boys showed they more than belonged with a great first period.
The second period saw these two teams keep up the high paced fast transition game. The Raiders came out with a great start to the period with Raiders addition Jake Foster going hard to the net and showing his scoring touch to score his first at 3:51 and give the boys a 4-3 lead. This was followed up by Cam Wengreniuk at 12:56 and the boys had the Arrows down 5-3 to the surprise of many in the building. Orleman continued his stellar play and made many great saves. Six Nations made it 5-4 at 14:13 and then thought that they had tied it up but the refs realized that the ball was on the outside of the net and the Raiders went to the room with a 5-4 lead and looking to start the tourney off with a huge victory over the Arrows who are frequent visitors the Minto Cup with two wins in the last 3 years.
The third period saw the Arrows show that this was not going to come easy to the Raiders and were not going to go anywhere. They tied the score up at 4:04 this was going to be a battle till the end. McIntyre with his third of the night made it 6-5 for the Raiders at 6:28. The Ontario champs showed why they are the champs as they started a 3 minute run that showed their offensive power. From 9:20 to 12:06 they scored 4 to take a 9-6 lead heading down the stretch. Brett McIntyre stopped the run at 15:42 with his fourth of the night to make it 9-7. The Raiders made a strong push to try and tie the score up but they just couldn’t seem to score any more goals and the Raiders finished their first game of the 2017 Minto with 9-7 loss. They played great and showed everyone that the Raiders are here for a reason.
Kevin Orleman with an outstanding performance having stopped 51 of 60 shots he faced including stopping 19 from Arrows standout Austin Staats. The MVP from the tournament committee for the game was Brett Craig with a solid night on defense for the Raiders.
The Raiders’ Player of the Game was Kevin Orleman. The Jordan McKinnon Hardest Working Raider on this night with his return to Ontario and an outstanding night taking draws and shutting down the Arrows offensive stars was Liam Patten.
The Raiders want to thank all of Raider Nation that followed us out to Brampton and look forward from the continued support as we face the Minto Cup defending champs and BC representative Coquitlam Adanacs with standout brother of former Raider Gulio Del Bianco, goalie Christian Del Bianco in the pipes. Come watch the boys play or tune in on line at 2pm Eastern Time, noon at home.