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.