Novice Major Essex Ravens Hockey

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A hockey team is not just one player, nor just one line.  A team has 17 players, all contributing in their own way.  A team consists of 17 players picking each other up when one is down and doing whatever it takes to support one another.  The Novice Major Ravens is truly a team.

Last Saturday, the Ravens faced Erie North Shore in Game 2 of the play down quarter finals. The motto of team was never more evident than in this game where Essex was down 4-1 midway through the third period. The Ravens responded to the situation by scoring five unanswered goals to win 6-4.

Un-selfish play with great fore-checking, phenomenal back-checking, and quick shifts resulted in the Ravens dominating Erie in the last five minutes of this game. The players all know – fore-check, back-check, paycheck and it’s off to game three with a 2-0 lead in the series.

Less than 24 hours later, game three commenced at the Essex barn – so it was pitter-patter let’s get at ‘er time!
Erie North Shore fought a great fight, knowing its playdowns was at stake and couldn’t afford to lose.  Once again, the entire Raven team contributed in this game with solid shifts one after another.

Essex led after the first period, 1-0, only to have the score knotted at 1-1 after the second.  A scoreless third period sent the game into overtime. Solid goaltending by Erie and a few off the iron stymied the Ravens time and time again.  A tremendous effort by both teams resulted in a 1-1 tie.

The six point series now stands at 5-1 for Essex and it is off to Harrow on Saturday for game four.