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nal­ized for good hockey plays. It is tough for me as a coach to teach any­thing right now when I try and teach a guy to stand up on the play and ev­ery time we go to lay a body or do some­thing it is a board­ing call or it is called a check to the head. There were lots of good plays to­day that were called and were def­i­nitely ques­tion­able,” said a frus­trated Woods.

The stream of play­ers headed to the box had play­ers, coaches, and fans won­der­ing what the ac­tual in­frac­tions were.

“I hon­estly think it is tough for us to be­lieve in what I have to tell them right now. The guys are strug­gling to know what is right and what it wrong. It is so in­con­sis­tent through­out the whole league. You go to Saskatoon or you go to P.A. and it is body con­tact af­ter body con­tact and our guys aren’ t used to it. You come here and you lay a body and you take a penalty and I am hav­ing a real tough time coach­ing th­ese guys to know the dif­fer­ence.”

The Raiders in­abil­ity to win games has com­pounded the prob­lem said the vet­eran coach.

“As it is we are strug­gling as a team in league play and the guys are ques­tion­ing what they can and can’t do. It makes it re­ally hard, I see their frus­tra­tion in their faces and I am def­i­nitely also get­ting frus­trated at this point.”

Woods said chang­ing their style of play to adapt to a dif­fer­ent stan­dard of of­fi­ci­at­ing at home was not an op­tion.

“We can’t be be­cause we go out to other parts of the prov­ince and we will get run out of the rink. It is con­stant here, it is a dif­fer­ent level of game in Swift Cur­rent. We can­not lay a body in Swift Cur­rent and it’s tough. So then we go all the way to P.A. last weekend and it was a bat­tle­fest. We got hit all over the ice and noth­ing was called. It is in­con­sis­tent through­out the prov­ince and I don’t know what to do at this point, I am stuck for words I guess with the kids.”

Woods was try­ing to help keep his team com­posed dur­ing a frus­trat­ing third pe­riod but his emo­tions got the best of him as well.

“You try to slow it down, you try and talk to them and com­mu­ni­cate. But even my­self, to­day frus­tra­tion boiled to a new point. But at the same time I have to be the coach at that time so I called a time­out and tried to fo­cus them and see what hap­pens. It is a hard game and they are try­ing to bat­tle. They are bat­tling hard but we are just not hav­ing any suc­cess at all.”

The Raiders fin­ished one-for-eight on the power play, but al­lowed three goals while short­handed Sun­day.

“You know we are do­ing all right. The power play, at times we moved the puck around, we are get­ting our chances, get­ting shots through, and get­ting de­flec­tions. We scored one on them, Wellschy lets a can­non go, makes it 4-3 and you are in it. We did okay killing penal­ties but you can only kill so many. We play those guys that have to kill penal­ties and they get tired and you just lose mo­men­tum and it goes the other way and I just don’t know what to do.”

The Raiders will be back at home Satur­day to host the Regina Mon­archs (7-16-2) at 5:15 p.m. at Fairview West Arena.

They will also visit the Mon­archs in Regina Mon­day.

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