NIAGARA FALLS, ON- FEBRUARY 2: The Georgetown Raiders celebrate the goal during the third period at the Gale Centre Arena on February 2, 2024 in Ontario, Canada.(Photo by Larry Mathewson / OJHL Images)

The Georgetown Raiders kept their winning ways alive and well on Saturday night with a big 5-2 win on the road against the Toronto Patriots. If you missed the action, here’s what you need to know!

Heading into the game, the Raiders and Patriots had met three times previous this season, with Toronto leading the series at 2-1-0-0. Georgetown had averaged 4.6 goals per game, while Toronto had averaged five goals in those three contests. Sitting fifth in the conference going into Saturday, the Raiders needed a big effort to secure two valuable points against a team below them in the standings; exactly that happened.

The first period proved to be a back and forth affair. Toronto scored the lone goal of the frame on the power play, and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Georgetown looked poised to score, but couldn’t find a grade A opportunity in the first period.

Kristian Lamanna tied the game under five minutes into the second period for the Raiders. Georgetown was hungry and in attack mode looking for scoring opportunities and chances. Toronto took a 2-1 lead around the half way point of the period, before Quinn Tavares scored a power play goal to tie the game back up at two. From there, it was all Georgetown. Three third period goals were scored by Gabe Ciarallo, Quinn Tavares, and Teddy Puccini to give the Raiders a 5-2 win. GTown controlled the final period and commanded the flow of play, stifling Toronto’s attack and limiting chances. Impressive, to say the least. In a game where momentum was everything, Georgetown’s control of play in the final frame indicated a team that is ready to win.

5-2 is where this game would end, and two valuable points secured. The winning streak is now at four games and Georgetown looks poised to keep it going this coming week.

Georgetown now sits in fifth place in the West Conference at 55 points. GTown is only two back of Buffalo for fourth place, and sits in a tie with Burlington for fifth. It’s going to be a tight race to the conclusion of the season.

The Raiders have two games on the card for this upcoming week. Thursday, February 15th at 7:30PM, the Raiders visit Wayne Gretzky Sportsplex in Brantford for a battle with the 99ers.  Then, Saturday February 17th at 5:30PM, the Raiders return home to welcome the Leamington Flyers to the Alcott for a big West Conference battle. Stay tuned for the preview article coming later this week. Thanks for your support, Raider Nation!

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