En­cana Novice Rap­tors ad­vance to sec­ond round

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The En­cana Novice Rap­tors had a dom­i­nat­ing week­end sweep­ing Carstairs on their way to the sec­ond round of the play­offs.

The Rap­tors hosted Carstairs Satur­day Morn­ing, Fe­bru­ary 25, and cruised to an 8-3 vic­tory. Chase Mackey had three goals and an as­sist, Pax­ton Olsen had two goals, Tyson Cham­bers had two as­sists and Bran­don Wil­liams and Carter Drouin each had as­sists.

The Rap­tors fol­lowed this per­for­mance up the next day in Carstairs with an­other 8-3 win. This time Mackey had a hat trick, Dalin Han­nah had one goal and three as­sists, Schrock had two goals, Seth Leav­itt and Mad­dux Pears each had a goal and Kay­den Bitz, Cham­bers, Pax­ton Olsen and Cooper Olsen all had as­sists.

Coach Ryan Bitz said the team has been im­prov­ing on de­fense.

“It has been a good run so far,” said Bitz. “Es­pe­cially our de­fense, has re­ally played well for us in the last cou­ple weeks.” 16 goals in two games also shows pretty good of­fense.

“Good de­fense cre­ates good of­fense. We have never been shy of get­ting goals, the boys are al­ways con­tribut­ing and it is get­ting spread around quite nicely,” said Bitz. “The boys are play­ing re­ally good to­gether.

With this win, the team ad­vances to play Air­drie, which has been tough all year.

“With Air­drie, you have to win the bat­tles along boards with those guys, they are a tough lit­tle team, and the have a whole ex­tra line, so they will skate hard all the time,” said Bitz. “We have al­ways had re­ally good games with them, ev­ery time we play them it could go ei­ther way. We are hop­ing it is a great se­ries.”

The Rap­tors head to Air­drie Satur­day to start the sec­ond round.

The En­cana Novice Rap­tors Swept Carstairs in two games and now head to Air­drie Satur­day for round 2 of the play­offs.

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