Raiders in control

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

The Calgary Raiders had little time to celebrate last night. Besides, it was too early for champagne.

The Raiders beat the visiting Edmonton Miners 9-7 at the Indus arena to take a 3-0 stranglehold in the best-of-seven provincial junior A lacrosse championship.

Calgary can complete the sweep today at 2 p.m. in Indus.

Calgary was playing essentially a road game -- chased out of their home arena at Max Bell due to a sporting goods megasale -- the team killed off three two-men down situations in the first period en route to the victory.

Raiders forward Drew Comeau -- who scored the game's first two goals, both on the powerplay -- said the Raiders still have a lot of work left to do to close out the series.

"Even three games isn't enough," said Comeau. "I've seen lots of teams come back from that. We just have to concentrate on winning this one (today). That's all we can worry about."

Calgary head coach John Millar echoed those thoughts.

"We're not cocky at all," said Millar. "We're really level-headed. We know what the job is that we have to get done."

Keegan Davidson and Mark Scherman also scored a pair for the Raiders while Nick Johnson, Andrew Kirkaldy and Rob Miller added singles.

Miller's goal was the lone marker of the third period and sealed the deal for Calgary with 3:07 left to play.

Chris Schmidt paced Edmonton with three markers. The Miners had swept the Raiders in the last two provincial junior A championships.

Miners coach A.J. Johma said his players need to step up to the plate today.

"We're 0-3 because of us, not because of them," said Johma. "It's up to them -- that's how I left it in the dressing room."


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