by Romano Di Franco
Nepean returned to action Wednesday night as they travelled to the Jim Durrell Arena to take on the Ottawa Junior Senators in developmental scrimmage action. Former OJS net minder Bryan Landsberger got the start for Nepean against his former team. Felix Schnell got the start for OJS.
Patrick Maule got the Raiders out in front 1-0 scoring his third goal of the development scrimmage year. It marked the third time this season that the Nepean Raiders have scored the opening goal. Coleman Bennet had the lone helper. Despite being outshot 9-1, the Raiders drew first blood and the two teams headed to dressing room with the same 1-0 score.
Landsberger continued to look sharp in the second period turning aside 15 of the 16 shots he faced. He robbed Kolton Shindle mid-way in the period. The only shot to beat him was by Curtis Fabbro who went five-hole from point blank range on a David Mabey pass from behind the net. That goal would be the only one of the second period. After 40 minutes, both teams had two power play chances, but were unable to score. Nolan Mozer blocked a shot and appeared to take one off the foot. He skated to the bench immediately after but would return later in the frame.
Braeden Bowman roofed one over the shoulder of Landsberger after Simon Isabelle won a face off to the left of the Nepean net. The goal gave the Junior Senators their first lead of the game. The Raiders pulled Landsberger for an extra attacker with over a minute to go but could not capitalize and the buzzer sounded to signal a 2-1 for victory for OJS.
Nepean’s penalty kill was perfect as they killed off all four short-handed situations. The Raiders power play went 0 for 4.
Bryan Landsberger made 36 saves on 38 shots for the Raiders stopping 11 in the first period, 15 in the second and 10 in the 3rd. Nepean scored their lone goal on 13 shots. Find the complete game summary here.
Braeden Bowman was named the game’s first star for his game-winning goal while Nepean netminder Bryan Landsberger earned the game’s second star. Curtis Fabbro got the nod as the game’s third star for his game-tying goal.
The Raiders next contest is Saturday, February 27th as they continue a four game series against the Ottawa Junior Senators. Puck-drop is at 8:30PM at the Nepean Sportsplex Steve Yzerman Arena.