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  |  Posted: Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 06:00 am

OFFENSIVE PRESSURE - Ryan Larochelle of the Southside Athletic Club guards the net against Matt McNeil of the St. Albert Raiders in Wednesday's midget AAA game at Akinsdale Arena. McNeil's unassisted effort in the second period was the winner in the 4-1 decision. The Raiders (13-8-3) host the Lloydminster Bobcats today and Calgary Northstars on Sunday. Game times are 1:15 p.m.
OFFENSIVE PRESSURE - Ryan Larochelle of the Southside Athletic Club guards the net against Matt McNeil of the St. Albert Raiders in Wednesday's midget AAA game at Akinsdale Arena. McNeil's unassisted effort in the second period was the winner in the 4-1 decision. The Raiders (13-8-3) host the Lloydminster Bobcats today and Calgary Northstars on Sunday. Game times are 1:15 p.m.
APRIL BARTLETT/St. Albert Gazette

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Silver for Gennaro

Team Pacific centreman Matteo Gennaro returned to the Prince Albert Raiders with a silver medal from the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton, N.S.

It was a success tournament for the 16-year-old St. Albert product, despite the 4-0 loss to the United States in the final last Saturday.

“I was pretty happy. I think I showed the type of player I am,” said Gennaro, who finished the tournament with four goals and three assists in seven games as the top scorer for Team Pacific.

In the semifinals the former bantam AAA Sabres and midget AAA Raider scored twice and picked up one assist as Team Pacific beat Russia 7-3. His power-play marker made it 4-2 in the second period and he extended the lead by three goals halfway through the third.

“It was pretty exhilarating,” Gennaro said of his offensive contribution. “It was a huge game and I think I stepped up pretty well.

“There was also a lot of pressure on our team to win it.”

In the final the United States outshot Team Pacific 52-12 for its fourth gold medal in the tournament. Both teams finished 0-for-3 on the power play in what was a physical but disciplined game by both sides.

“They were all just systematically so structured,” Gennaro said. “They’ve been together for a while.”

The silver medal was the sixth for Team Pacific and the first since 2009.

“I’m pretty happy with silver,” said Gennaro, one of nine players from Alberta on Team Pacific’s roster, “Our goal was to win it, but we still did pretty good.”

The six-foot-two, 179-pound Gennaro has five goals and 13 points in 33 games in his first Western Hockey League season with the Raiders (21-18-2).

Raiders win

The St. Albert Raiders continued their playoff drive in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the visiting Southside Athletic Club in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League.

Brendan Passek, Matt McNeil, Jason Miller and Ty Lindberg scored and Pat Dea (9-3-2, 1.97 GAA) faced 25 shots as the Raiders (13-8-3) jumped two points ahead of the sixth-place SAAC (12-11-3) in the north standings. The top six teams make the playoffs.

The win was the third in four games for the Raiders, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.

This weekend the Raiders host the Lloydminster Bobcats (16-8-2) today and the Calgary Northstars (3-20-4) Sunday. Game times are 1:15 p.m. at Akinsdale Arena.

Sabres roll on

The St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres extended their undefeated streak to eight games in Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.

Zach Marano, Jack Langenhahn and Samuel Smith-Ackerl potted goals after the Rangers (8-15-2) opened the scoring in the first period at Akinsdale Arena.

Nate Reinhart (9-4, 2.08 GAA) stopped 21 shots as the Sabres posted their sixth win in seven games.

Tuesday the Sabres rallied to tie Canadian Athletic Club (15-8-2) at 5-5 at Bill Hunter Arena.

Bret Mossing’s second goal of the night in the third period was the equalizer with 8:03 to play.

Ryan Cooper tallied twice and added one assist and Lucas Palladino also scored.

The Sabres outshot the CAC 20-8 in the third and 43-28 overall. In net was Chris Curr (4-4-4, 3.19 GAA).

The Sabres share third place with the Sherwood Park Flyers (14-10-2) in the nitro north division with a game in hand, and are two points back of the CAC entering Sunday’s home game against the Leduc Oil Kings (6-17-2) at 5 p.m.

Monday the Sabres host the division-leading SSAC Southgate Lions (21-4), the three-time defending AMBHL champions and 2013 western Canadian gold medallists, at 6:45 p.m.

It’s the last game for the Sabres before the John Reid Memorial Tournament starts Thursday morning at Servus Credit Union Place.

The tournament schedule is on page 40.


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