The Raiders had just what they needed this week to avenge last week’s loss to Baldwin. Frank Fingers opened the scoring for Keystone Oaks, but Carrick’s Nico Aggazio answered before the end of the first period.
In the second period, Ryan Rosato put Keystone Oaks up 2-1 with an early goal (assisted by John Conley). After that, the Raiders went on a run. Donald Trey Niccoli scored on a power play at 2:50 into the second (Christopher Schmitt and Ryan Maurice assist). Not 30 seconds later, Maurice added a goal of his own, putting Carrick into the lead. Aggazio scored his second goal of the game at 7:23 into the second (Niccoli assist). In the next five minutes, Carrick’s Mark Granatire scored two goals to close out the period. Assists on Granatire’s goals were provided by Vinnie Maccarone (two assists) and Joseph Brinton.
Keystone Oaks’ Ryan Rosato added a goal for his team in the third (Cody Dulski and Devin Rosato assists). But overall, the Golden Eagles just weren’t able to overcome the gap. Keystone Oaks posted fewer shots on goal than Carrick (20 to Carrick’s 32), and Raiders’ goaltender Joshua Brown recorded 17 saves. For Keystone Oaks, Daniel Smee and Jonathan Mead minded the net. Collectively, they made 26 saves.
All penalties were minor in nature. Keystone Oaks players served a total of 12 penalty minutes, all within the second period when Carrick had its scoring run. Carrick players served two penalty minutes in the first period, and two minutes in the third.
Carrick (3-2, 1-0) sits in third place in Section 4 of the PIHL Open Class, and Keystone Oaks is fourth.
The Raiders play next at home tonight versus Ligonier Valley. Faceoff is at 9:00pm at Ice Castle.