Facing a full “Raider Nation” of 14 plus skaters, CU ‘s 8 skaters fought gallantly , but could not hang on , succumbing to a 6-5 defeat. Mike “Smitty “ Smith was stellar between the pipes, handling more rubber than a guidance counsellor at an all-girls prep school.
The brothers Gray, reunited upfront for the first time this season, were an offense threat all evening. Elder sibling Warren “Wheels “ Gray , lead all scorers with a “Hattie”, two of which were gifts from younger brother Jeremy .
Garrret “ The Grain Buyer” Watson, playing in his second consecutive game for the rouge blanc and grise , although held scoreless, played a strong defensive game.
Nursing the effects of a “long day at the curling club”, stalwart d-man Blaine “El Presidente” Campbell, still managed to log 60 minutes. Frustrated with the forwards floating around center ice, Campbell was heard commenting between gasps, “Stay on the fucking boards Mini, on the fucking boards!”
Making his season debut, “Dancing” Danton Ashcroft was also searching the bench for oxygen. Playing alongside Campbell for the entire game, the young defensemen potted his first goal of the season despite coughing a lung.
This loss to the Raiders evens the season series at a game apiece.