It’s that time of the week, yet again – your Raiders have two games on the docket for the weekend. Here’s what you need to know.
Friday, February 2nd, at 7PM, the Raiders will be on the road in Niagara at the Gale Centre to face the Niagara Falls Canucks. This will mark the fourth meeting of the season for the two clubs; Georgetown has a 3-0-0-0 advantage this season, outscoring Niagara 16-5 in those three contests.
Heading into the game, Niagara sits at 14-28-0-1, good for 29 points and 10th place in the West Conference. In their last 10 games, Niagara has a record of 4-6-0-0, and is coming off a 4-2 win at the Buffalo Jr. Sabres on January 31st. At home this season, Niagara has a record of 9-11-0-0. Home power play percentage resides at 17.48%, while the penalty kill hovered around 80% effective at the Gale Centre. Leading scorer for the Canucks this season is Alex Hebblethwaite, with 26 goals, 24 assists, and 50 points.
Georgetown enters the match with a 21-18-1-4 record, good for 47 points and a tie for 5th place in the West Conference with the Oakville Blades. In their last nine games, the Raiders own a 3-6-0-0 record and are currently looking to end a three game losing streak. Georgetown’s most recent game was a 2-1 loss vs. Halliburton County on January 31st. Georgetown’s away power play has been effective 17.72% this season, while the penalty kill resides at 75% on the road this year. Leading scorer for your Raiders is Quinn Tavares, who has scored 19 goals and 33 assists for 52 points this season.
This is a golden opportunity for Georgetown to snap out of their small losing streak. Georgetown has played extremely well against Niagara so far this year, something Head Coach Shawn Snider will no doubt lean on when preparing the Raiders for the game. The Raiders play best when they score lots, so expect that tonight at the Gale Centre. The team will be eager to get back in the win column following a tough loss to Halliburton at home on Wednesday. Playing smart, disciplined hockey will be a key to victory; staying out of penalty trouble is important for Georgetown. Tune into the game on flohockey.tv at 7PM tonight!
Saturday, February 3rd, the Raiders return home to Alcott Arena for a matchup with the Mississauga Chargers at 5:30PM. This will mark the fourth meeting of the season for the clubs, with Georgetown leading the season series 3-0-0-0.
Heading into the game, the Chargers sit at 4-38-0-3, with 11 points and 12th in the West. In their last 10 games, Mississauga posts a 1-8-1-0 record, with their most recent game being a 6-1 loss to Caledon on February 1st. Mississauga’s away power play sits at 17.74% on the season, while the away penalty kill resides at 60.53% on the year. Leading scorer for the Chargers is Colin Crowley, who has 11 goals and 12 assists on the year.
The Raiders and Chargers met on January 20th, with Georgetown escaping with a 3-2 win courtesy of a Teddy Puccini goal with 1:38 left in the third period. The Raiders won’t want to repeat this kind of game, instead looking for a performance more reminiscent of their 8-3 and 3-0 wins against Mississauga in their other two games this season. Georgetown needs to use this game as a way to build confidence and momentum. Being relentless and scoring lots is a great way of doing so. Georgetown needs to be absolutely pedal to the metal on Saturday night.
Doors open at 5PM and tickets are $15.00 at the door of Alcott Arena. We need your support, Raider Nation!
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