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Raiders fall in shootout to Rockland

The Nepean Raiders dropped a 3-2 decision in the shootout against the Rockland Nationals on Sun., their fifth-straight loss.

It was another frustrating game, with Nepean surrendering a two goal lead in the third period before ultimately losing in the shootout.

A beautiful rush by D Noah Rowe and a rebound tap-in by F Colin McCaughey (first CCHL goal) put the Raiders up after two periods of play.

A fluky shot from outside the blueline by Michael Keating cut the lead in half, while Brady Elder tied it just over two min. later off a point-blank chance.

Nepean failed to get by Nationals netminder Sean Storr after the second. Storr denied on all three Raider chances in the shootout.

“We had a great first period, came out flying and finished our checks, played the way we play. The momentum just changed in the second and third period and we never really got it back,” said co-captain Corey Tam.

“We had an unlucky bounce but that’s up to us as a team to bring Liam (Soulière) back, he played a great game. We just didn’t get the momentum going so it’s back to practice this week to focus on our next game.”

For his part, Soulière was once again stellar in between the pipes, turning aside 34 of 36 Nationals attempts.

Nepean will look to rebound on Wed. against the Ottawa Junior Senators.