Mas­tel Rap­tors fall in game one to Knee­hill

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Mas­tel Midget Rap­tors are trail­ing in their open­ing round of the play­offs af­ter fall­ing to Knee­hill 6-3.

The Rap­tors hosted Knee­hill Sun­day af­ter­noon at the Drumheller Me­mo­rial Arena and came out strong. They were lead­ing 3-2 in the sec­ond pe­riod, how­ever, Knee­hill tied the game in the dy­ing mo­ments of the sec­ond. They poured it on in the fi­nal pe­riod to win. Coach Doug Hodge said the Rap­tors had a break­down.

“We didn’t get a lot of shots on net and they came alive,” said Hodge.

He adds the ty­ing goal by Knee­hill knocked the wind out of the Rap­tor’s sails.

“When you watch any NHL game, when they score un­der that last minute of the pe­riod, it changes the mo­men­tum,” he said.

Kevin Schrock had a hat trick, Nathan Wai­boer had two as­sists and Spencer James, Ryan Hems, Con­nor Smith and Ash­ton Nail all had as­sists.

They are hop­ing to put it to­gether for game two in Three Hills this com­ing Satur­day.

“We have to keep skat­ing. When we lose a game, it is be­cause we quit skat­ing. We have speed, and that is where we beat teams, but when they don’t skate that is when we get beat,” he said. “When we stand on our heels and watch the game de­velop, they kind of nod off, and re­act to what is go­ing on.”

He is pos­i­tive about game two. The teams split the reg­u­lar sea­son games.

“We still have a re­ally good chance,” he said.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Mas­tel Rap­tors head to Three Hills to play Knee­hill in game two of the first round of play­offs this Satur­day.

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