The Nepean Raiders delivered a staggering blow in the CJHL finals last night. After exchanging one-goal victories with Hawkesbury in the first two games of the best-of-seven series, the Raiders pounded the Hawks 5-0 at the Sportsplex.
Ian Dams made 26 saves for the shutout, including a key breakaway stop off Martin Beaulne when it was still a two-goal game.
The series resumes tonight in Hawkesbury.
"That was more our style," said Raiders coach Chris Byrne. "There's a reason we gave up the least number of goals in league history this season. We're great defensively and we score when we need to score."
The Raiders held a 2-0 lead after the first, thanks to an early goal by Brennan Sarazin and Tim Marks' fourth of the final. Kyle Lisabeth, Matt Doelman and Jamie Cavanagh later scored.
The Hawks went with Mitch O'Keefe in goal, despite the fact Ilia Ejov held the Raiders scoreless when he came on in relief late in the second period of Game 2's 6-5 overtime win.
"That was probably our worst game of the playoffs," said Hawkesbury coach Eric Veilleux. "We took too many penalties in the second and couldn't get any momentum."
The Raiders were bolstered by the return of all-star defenceman Chris Gray, who suffered a leg injury in Game 1 and was thought to be done. Gray left last night's game after appearing to re-injure the leg.
Nepean leads series 2-1