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Starting off strong, the Raptors pushed the pace early, getting a power play near the one minute mark. The powerplay missed it's mark, however, resulting in only one shot on net. Montreal took advantage of an awful clear by Cash Savage, scoring first at the 8:12 Mark. Ensio Kalju shot from the Top of the right circle, beating Wastlund high glove-side. The ice was clearly tilted for the rest of the first, with Colorado marching into the box. the period ended with the Raptors on there heels with Montreal out shooting and out chancing the Raptors by a count of 7-11.
The Raptors again started strong, once again getting a powerplay, this time in the first minute of play. They took advantage of this Powerplay, with a goal by Manuel Gotze. Gotze took the seeing-eye shot from just under the right circle after a tip play went wide. The Raptors really expect a lot of out Gotze, and hopefully this is a sign that his slump is over from the start of the season. With the game tied, Montreal pushed the play again hemming the Raptors in there own zone, much like the caged Raptors of Jurassic Park. After a frankly lazy back checking hook by Maui, the Raptors were shorthanded again. A blocked shot by Troy McClure took a bad bounce to Piotr Czerkawski, who took a shot that went wide but bounced right to a wide open Rádovän Hudeč for his first of the year. Montreal leads 2-1 as the Raptors hold on and try to stop the bleeding. Montreal once again out shot and out chanced Colorado, 12 to 9.
The quick start proves to be too much for Montreal, as Doc Digreasi takes the faceoff win right into the offensive zone for an easy goal, beating Hobbs with the snap-shot and tyign the game 2-2 with just over a minute played in the 3rd. Rocky Park took a run at Cash Savage after being hit by Viktor Valentine. Tempers flared but the Raptors were able to hit them where it hurts by a great follow up shot by Manuel Gotze, giving the Raptors there first lead of the game 3-2. Montreal couldn't hem in the raptors team, who clearly plays better with the lead an they were able to hold on and force an empty net goal by Maui with less than a minute to go in the 3rd. Shots were tied this period @ 11 a piece.
Montreal held the lead all the way until almost halfway through the 3rd, but the Raptors gained confidence thanks to a suddenly hot powerplay. Special teams told the story tonight, as the Raptors were able to operate at almost 40% for the PP tonight. Montreal is going to have to finish stronger if they want to remain in the hunt.
First Star: COL: Manuel Gotze (2G, 1A, 3PTS)
With a team leading 5 hits, Gotze answered some questions today. He proved that he deserves the first line spot on this organization.
Second Star: COL: Doc Digreasi (1G, 0A, 1PT)
Leading the Raptors in shots, Digreasi showed his team that the first Powerplay is his to control.
Third Star: COL : Grim Waslund (.941 SV)
Stopping 32 of 34 shots should rank you higher than third star, but Waslund shook of a rocky start and showed he has what it takes to lead this team in net.
Montreal held the lead all the way until almost halfway through the 3rd, but the Raptors gained confidence thanks to a suddenly hot powerplay. Special teams told the story tonight, as the Raptors were able to operate at almost 40% for the PP tonight. Montreal is going to have to finish stronger if they want to remain in the hunt. Thanks and please tune in next time
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Raven's Week 1, Game 15, Goal description
For this game we will be looking at the first goal of the match. Recently acquired defenseman for the Montreal Miltia, Ensio Kalju opens the score with a nice blast from the point. Let's take a look at how this goal happened. After a barrage of shots from the Colorado side montreal finally gets out of their defensive zone and flip the puck into the Colorado corner. A line change follows and Viktor Valentine enters the ice with fresh legs and intercepts a pass from a Mammoth defender. He darts to the net, but finds himself unable to get a shot off. Kalju smelling an opportunity had also made his way to the offensive zone and tapped of the ice, with a nice backhand pass which finds Kalju, he doesn't hestitate a moment and decides to take a one timer from the point which beats out Tender Wastlund. Montreal opens the scoring, but end up losing the game 4-2.
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Boom's Big Disappointment
Rafe Ulrich is a highly touted prospect and was scooped up early by the Milita, but he was a complete non factor in this game where the Milita needed him most. Montreal went 1 for 6 and Ulrich was essentially floating on most plays and in fact lost the puck for no apparent reason in some-- Indicating he needs to work on handling the puck or this kid will be toast. Hi center had been kicked out of two face-offs and he was unable to win a single one, and his usual big bodied self? He looked so slow out there that he couldn't even reach the Colorado players. Can't create his own offense, can't spell tenacity and has an awkward stride. I have no doubts that his stock is falling fast after such a disgraceful display.
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Goon of the Game: The final episode this week saw the Montreal Militia visit the newly-rebranded Colorado Raptors in a somewhat spirited match. The final winner is Colorado's defensive Disney star, Maui. Maui pulled off a trifecta of moves today, including the hat-trick of penalties; one in each period. He got into quite the scuffle during the second stanza with Montreal's Piotr Czerkawski shortly after tying the game from the stick of Gotze. However, Maui was even able to net a goal enroute to his teams eventual win over the Militia. Not many nominees this episode, but Maui does indeed take the cake here.
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Maui's PGS Comments - Week 1 Game 15
Turning Point Montreal came out firing against the Raptors in this one. With 23 shots on goal, and a 2-1 lead nearing the end of the second, the Militia had set themselves up for victory. However, just as the clock began counting down the final minute of play in the second, the referee's hand went up and the Militia found themselves a man short heading into the intermission. Montreal opened the third with a solid penalty kill up until the dying seconds of the penalty when Doc Digreasi of the Raptors found the back of the net off a feed from Ryan Gardiner. This tied the game and Colorado did not look back. Adding another powerplay goal 7 minutes later and then the empty netter to seal the deal, the Raptors scored 3 unanswered third period goals to turn the tables on the Montreal Militia tonight.
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Gerarob's Hot Take
Below, is the stat line of Coloradoès goaltender from this game.
Grim Wastlund (COL), 32 saves from 34 shots - (0.941)
He was only awarded the game's third star. That's ridiculous. Sure, Montreal isn't a powerhouse team, but they peppered him for thirty four shots!!! And he only let in two. Talk about standing on your head. If he had been an average goaltender in this game, then things may have been very different.
That's not to say Manuel Gotze (2 goals 1 assist) doesn't deserve recognition for his efforts. He played a great game. I just feel like the goaltender should get more praise than he's being given now.
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Unsung Hero: Kevin Maddox
Even though he did not receive one of the three stars in this game, Kevin Maddox was the unsung hero for the Colorado Raptors. He had two assists on the night, including on the game winner. Even more impressive was the ice-time he played and in all situations. Playing just over 24 minutes on the night, Maddox played the second most on the team, just five seconds less that Andres Christiansen. More importantly, Maddox was a true swiss army knife with a little over five minutes on the powerplay, including an assist on the game winning goal, and a bit over four minutes on the penalty kill. Playing such a great game helped the Raptors secure the win, and since he was not selected as one of the three stars he is the unsung hero.