Your Raptors dominated Muskegon this weekend, downing the Risers in back-to-back games.
In his first regular season action, GK Sean Austin was the linchpin of a stellar defensive effort on Friday night. Your Raptors held the Risers to just three goals, two of which came in the game's closing minutes. The Risers were competitive early, scoring the only goal of the first period, but a four-score barrage from the Raptors in the second period effectively put the game out of reach. Your Raptors went on to add four more in the fourth as they cruised to victory. 8-3.
GK Sean Austin discusses his first regular-season action on Friday night.
On the offensive side, forward Nico Williams (#9) was on fire, knocking in two goals, including a shorthanded goal. He also contributed an assist. Sam Sanchez, Ian Kearney, Pat Kelly, Isaiah Thomas, Dawson Swearingen, and Ethan Farias also scored for your Raptors, with Kelly and Enrique Horna adding assists.
Saturday's rematch was a tougher contest for both teams, a 10-7 slugfest that was even closer than the score indicates. Two empty netters sealed the victory for your Raptors, but not without a furious Muskeon rally that brough the score within two in the game's waning minutes.
Ian Kearney and Jake Johnson netted two goals each, and Lionel Melicki added two assists. Williams and David Lapan-Islas also assisted, and Williams, Thomas, Farias, Angelo Oquendo, Sam Sanchez, and Ronaldo Rojas netted a goal each.
Ian Kearney on his two goal performance on Saturday night.
Even sweeter than the wins, however, was the news that your Raptors are in control of their own destiny for the upcoming M2 playoffs. With the Des Moines Demon Hawks defeating the Ambush 2 in St. Louis, the playoff picture is all but set.
The Risers fell to 2-8 on their season, while your Raptors improved to 5-3. Your Raptors will play the final home game of the season on Sunday, February 25, vs. Des Moines, before finishing with three road games -- at Muskegon, Des Moines, and St. Louis.
Tickets to the final home game may be purchased online or at the box office. Away games can be viewed on the team's YouTube live streams.