En­cana Novice Rap­tors fin­ish sec­ond in league

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The En­cana Novice Rap­tors wrapped up the sea­son af­ter a valiant ef­fort ver­sus Cochrane in the league cham­pi­onship se­ries.

The Rap­tors had a strong sea­son, and their great play con­tin­ued into the post­sea­son. In the first round, they dis­patched Carstairs in two straight games. Next, they played Air­drie, and af­ter drop­ping the first game of the se­ries, bounced back to win two straight and ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship round ver­sus Cochrane.

In Game One on Satur­day, March 18, Chase Mackey had three goals and Ryan Schrock had one goal and two as­sists, how­ever, they weren’t able to match Cochrane’s fire­power, fall­ing 8-4. In Game two, Mackey had one goal and Mad­dux Pears had two, how­ever, Cochrane won 5-3.

Coach Ryan Bitz said his team had a great sea­son and Cochrane was a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent. “They are a top-tiered very good team,” said Bitz of Cochrane. “They played smart hockey,” he said. He said the team plays with a lot of en­ergy. “They knew their backs were against the wall. We had ad­ver­sity and the boys re­ally bat­tled their way back. They did it in the sec­ond se­ries against Air­drie. With Cochrane, you just can’t let up for one minute or else you are go­ing to pay the price.”

He adds that Goalie Bran­don Wil­liams gave the Rap­tors ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to win the se­ries, fac­ing 29 shots.

He said the Rap­tors’ rep­u­ta­tion was built on their work ethic.

“Ev­ery team in the league knew that, we never quit,” said Bitz.

“I am def­i­nitely proud of them, there doubt about it.” is no

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