Sam Allison’s third period goal was the difference as the Carleton Place Canadians topped the Nepean Raiders 1-0 on Wed. night.
The game marked the Raiders’ fourth-straight loss, scoring only three goals in that span.
Nepean’s last win came against the league-leading Canadians, a 3-2 triumph in the shootout.
“I thought we competed well tonight. The boys, they get up for games against these guys. I still think we lack focus in our own zone and it cost us, the goal against was just a complete collapse in our own end,” said head coach Darcy Findlay.
“If you want to compete against the best in the league and in the country, you’ve got to be strong between the ears and understand the game away from the puck.”
Raiders’ goalie Liam Soulière held his team in it once again, making 33 stops on the evening. He now has a 2.72 GAA and a .923 save percentage on the year despite a 4-8 record.
Princeton-commit Jeremie Forget made 35 saves for the shutout.
Despite the loss, Findlay was fairly optimistic about his team’s play against a team ranked number one team in the country.
“I think we’ve competed extremely well against them for two years now. For the showcase weekend in Sept. it came down to the last few min. and the same tonight. Obviously a couple weeks ago we beat them. They’ve got a ton of depth and culture and play extremely well every night,” said Findlay.
“If we focus on the game away from the puck, if they commit to it, you can’t even see the ceiling for this team, it’s so high. We’ve got some very good players, we just need to play 60 min. three times a week and give it our all every time we show up to the rink.”
Nepean will look to break their slump when they host Rockland on Sun.
(Photo: Kristina Tam)