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