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McQuade and Marino Shine in Loss to Lumber Kings

Matt McQuade - 3rd Star
Matt McQuade – 3rd Star

By Romano Di Franco

The Nepean Raiders let one slip away on Wednesday night in Pembroke as they took a 3-2 into the third period.

The game plan was pretty clear. Keep Fletcher Anderson off the score sheet as much as possible and for forty minutes everything went according to the plan. However, Anderson scored three straight goals in a span of three minutes and fifty-seven seconds and then Jacob Shankar closed out the scoring twenty-six seconds later to give Pembroke a 6-3 victory.

The Raiders chased Nick Beck in the second period after Matt McQuade and Patrick Larkin put the Raiders ahead 3-2. Reece Proulx came into the game and was perfect in relief stopping all ten shots that the Raiders put at him.  Pembroke’s four-goal flurry chased Tyler Laureault in the third as Keenan Alnahas came in and was perfect the rest of the way for Nepean as he turned aside all fourteen shots he faced.

Nepean went 1-for-3 on the man advantage and the penalty kill was perfect as they held Pembroke scoreless on four opportunities.

Giuseppe Marino assisted on both of the McQuade goals as Evan Boucher,  Tyson Tomasini, and Louis Chabot picked up assists as well.

The Raiders were out-shot by the Lumber Kings in the first period and the shots were close after two periods but then Pembroke poured it on and ended up out-shooting Nepean 47-28.

The Raiders next game is Family Day, Monday, February 17 when they host the Kemptville 73s in a make-up game that was originally scheduled on January 13 but was post-poned due to weather conditions.

Puck drop is earlier than usual as the game will take place at the Nepean Sportsplex Yzerman Arena at 6:30pm.