PORT HOPE, ON – The Port Hope Panthers returned home after a three game road trip and netted their sixth straight win as they defeated the Napanee Raiders at home by a final score of 4-2.
Raiders opened the scoring early on a shot from the point that was tipped in by #22 Blake Aylesworth at 2:27 of the first period. A minute and a half later, Napanee would head to the box giving the Panthers the first power play of the game. It did not matter as the Raiders continued to press and Pantheres goaltender #30 Ethan Reynaud was forced to stop a breakaway.
Former Panthers forward Clayton Farrow was sent to the box at the 15-minute mark and Port Hope would try their power play for a second time in the period. They were able to produce much better results as #8 Nate Burelle pounced on a rebound off a point shot to tie the game at 16:27.
Second period was all Panthers, as they outshot the Raiders 15-13 and took a 3-1 lead. The go ahead goal came off the stick of second year forward #4 Spencer Eriksson at 1:41 mark, his 5th of the season, as #9 Brandon Rose found Eriksson open in the high slot. Defenceman #28 Oz Paziuk extended the lead at 14:12 as he stepped in from the point and netted one top shelf over the left shoulder of Raiders goalie Logan Vale.
Farrow would redeem himself for his earlier penalty when he and #25 Chris Chronis picked up a loose puck on the penalty kill and broke out 2-on-1 only to put the puck past Reynaud at 10:51. Despite a third period push, Raiders outshot the Panthers 11-8, Napanee was not able to tie it up and Burelle would eventually secure the safety goal when he put one into Napanee’s empty net to seal the 4-2 victory.
With the win, Port Hope moves into a tie for first place with the Frankford Huskies who they will host at Jack Burger Sports Complex for a special Monday Night game on October 30th. Puck Drop is set for 8:00 PM