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Double-double start for novice Ravens

Campbell River novice lacrosse team plays two double headers to open the season

Dick’s Fish ‘n Chips Novice Ravens began the 2012 box lacrosse season with four games last weekend.

On Saturday, the Ravens played host to the Nanaimo Timbermen #1 for a double-header exhibition match at Strathcona Gardens.

In game one, the Ravens gave up quick goal and had a hard time finding their feet. But after the 10 minutes, the Ravens tied it up on a goal by Jake Wilson.

The second period saw the Ravens take control with two unanswered goals. Taylor Arbeau scored on a breakaway, followed by a short-handed marker by Ethan Blacklock.

There was a tense moment when Campbell River netminder Erik Forbes faced a barrage of five consecutive shots, but he kept the Timbermen at bay.

In the third period, the Ravens added three more goals. Arbeau earned his hattrick, scoring twice in a minute, and then added a fourth for good measure with the teams playing four-on-four, for a 6-4 victory.

Forbes faced 17 shots and made some quality saves.

Game two was more evenly matched. The Timbermen started things off taking a 2-0 lead before the Raven went on the attack. Blacklock and Michael Shields-Brown scored to tie the match with Finley Goodliffe picking up an assist.

The second period saw Michael Shields-Brown scoring with an assist to Forbes, and goals by Goodliffe and Arbeau.

In the final frame, the Ravens were fighting to get back on top with a goal by Arbeau, but they were unable to get the win. Final score was 8-6 for the Timbermen.

Ravens’ netminder Emily Forbes faced 18 shots.

On Sunday, the Ravens headed off to Nanaimo to play Timbermen #2.  With a hard-fought effort, the Ravens registered goals by Michael Shields-Brown, Jake Wilson, Goodliffe and Blacklock. Forbes faced 18 shots. Final score was 7-5 for the Timbermen.

In game two, the Ravens continued their struggle and dropped the second match to the Timbermen. Ravens’ goal scorers were Goodliffe, Wilson, Wellard and Shields-Brown.

The novice Ravens play another double-header on Saturday at Strathcona Gardens when they face Timbermen #2, and then head back to Nanaimo on Sunday to face the Timbermen #3 for yet another double-header.