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Raiders drop home and home with Lasers

The losses keep piling up for the Nepean Raiders, as the team lost both games in a home and home series with the Kanata Lasers.

Kanata chased Raiders’ starter Kyle Alaverdy early in the first period Thurs. before adding three more by Liam Souli√©re for a 5-0 win.

Nepean faired much better within the confines of Yzerman Arena on Sun., but ultimately fell in overtime 2-1. Kanata’s Chad Merrell’s second goal of the game sunk Nepean’s hopes at a ‘W’ just 22 secs into the extra frame.

Sunday’s result sees the Raiders’ losing streak pushed to eight games.

It’s been close. During their losing skid, ¬†Nepean has lost five times in one goal games. Three of those games ended in overtime or a shootout.

Their offence has seemingly dried up. The last time the team scored more than two goals was their last win against Carleton Place. The Raiders were only able to put one goal by Kanata netminder Gabriel Carriere in the two matches.

“It was definitely a better effort (Sun.) than Thurs. night to say the least. That being said we can definitely give more effort,” said assistant coach Sean Bamford.

Sunday saw the Nepean debuts of forwards James Buckley (Pembroke) and Ryan Donovan (Hawkesbury) who were acquired via trade on the CCHL’s Dec. 2 trade deadline.

“Coming into a new system its a bit of a changeup and we thought they did well all things considered. With another week of practice and a couple games ahead we think they’ll be just fine,” said Bamford.

The Raiders will welcome former co-captain Kari Belec and the Hawkesbury Hawks on Wed. night.