The Nepean Raiders and Gloucester Rangers both got victories in their respective Preliminary Round Playoff match-ups on Sunday afternoon.  The Raiders defeated the Smiths Falls Bears 2-1 in overtime while Gloucester knocked off Kemptville 5-3.  The Preliminary Round is best out of three and will determine who moves on to the CCHL Quarter Finals against 1st seed Carleton Place and 2nd seed Ottawa.

Raiders Top Bears In OT

Francis Marotte made 28 saves in the Nepean net while Chad Malinowski was the overtime hero as the Nepean Raiders took a 1-0 series lead on Smiths Falls.  Luke McGaw had the other Nepean goal while Corey Tam and Jody Sullivan added assists.  Bears goaltender Michael Pinios finished with 31 saves on 33 shots in the loss while Taylor Henry had the lone Smiths Falls goal.  Game 2 goes Monday night in Nepean at 6:30pm.

Rangers Hold On For Victory Over 73’s

In a game where there would be a lengthy delay due to a broken hinge on the penalty box door, Gloucester would come out victorious over Kemptville.  The 73’s were able to make it close late but the Rangers were able to add an empty net goal to take a 1-0 series lead with a 5-3 victory.  Gloucester was led by Joey Fallon who put up 2 goals and 2 assists while Jaren Burke, Max Veronneau, and Dorian Dawson also scored.  Goaltender Doug Johnston made 34 saves in the victory.

On the 73’s side, Justin Haasbeek, Matt Tugnutt, and Tyson Kirkby were the goal scorers while Jacob Tugnutt stopped 18 of 19 shots after relieving goaltender Nicholas Hodgins who was pulled after allowing 3 goals on 17 shots.  Game 2 is Monday night in Kemptville at 7:30pm.


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