Raiders Get Revenge In SO


by Romano Di Franco

The Nepean Raiders welcomed the Kemptville 73s to the Nepean Sportsplex Steve Yzerman Arena for Game 2 in their home and home series. Nepean came into this game looking for redemption following a blowout 6-0 loss. Brady McEwen was in goal once again for the Raiders and Jacob Biron who has been on a shutout streak lately got the start for the 73s.

The competing teams brought their A-game to the rink, with each squad boasting a lineup of talented and determined players. The coaches had meticulously prepared their teams for this pivotal match, emphasizing strategic plays and solid defense to secure victory.

First Period:

From the first drop of the puck, the intensity was palpable. Both teams displayed remarkable skill and agility, creating scoring opportunities and executing flawless passes. The first period saw a tight defensive battle, with goaltenders making stunning saves to keep their teams in contention. The opening frame included a shouting match against Jarret Defazio and Shawn Fensel as part of the fireworks going off. By the end of this first period, it was the Raiders who came out firing in all cylinders as they outshot Kemptville 7-6.

Second Period:

As the teams returned to the ice for the second period, the pace of the game only intensified. The back-and-forth action continued, with both goaltenders facing a barrage of shots and making incredible saves.

The physicality of the game increased, leading to a series of penalties on both sides. Power plays became critical moments, with special teams showcasing their prowess. Best of all, Nepean stayed out of the penalty box in that middle half. The second period concluded with the score still in a scoreless tie, setting the stage for a nail-biting finale.

Third Period:

The final period unfolded with heightened drama and tension. Nepean had one of the best chances to start that third period as Nicolas Papineau shot the puck out of Jacob Biron’s pads but alertly reached back and held on. Also, Josh Reid had a fantastic opportunity from a wrap around and once again Jacob Biron proved to be a brick wall.


The shootout showcased the mental fortitude of the players as they faced off against the opposing goaltender. Spectacular dekes, lightning-quick wrist shots, and acrobatic saves filled the shootout rounds. In the end, Curtiss Sturgeon emerged as the hero, securing the decisive goal and sealing a thrilling victory for their team.


The epic hockey battle between the Kemptville 73s and Nepean Raiders will be remembered with fierce competition down the stretch, but in the end it was the Nepean Raiders who came out on top as they hope to make a strong push for the Bogart Cup Playoffs.

The Raiders next game will take place on February 3rd when they visit the Renfrew Wolves at the Mae-Te-Way Activity Center for a 7:30PM puck drop.