The Georgetown Raiders were hoping to finally break the winning home-ice ways of the Hamilton Red Wings last night (Thursday) in crucial game five of their OHA Provincial Jr. A Hockey League second-round series. In truth, however, Thursday's game was really a neutral-site encounter, as the Red Wings-- like Georgetown-- were playing their first game of the year at venerable Mountain Arena. That rink has undergone extensive renovations, meaning that the Wings have been playing on the large ice surface at the Chedoke Arena, where Georgetown lost all five games this season. The Raiders feel their more physical style of play is better suited for the smaller Mountain Arena and they asserted their own home superiority over Hamilton again on Wednesday, chalking up a 6-2 triumph. Fourth-year Raider centre Rob Sgarbossa, who got the Georgetown offence running with a late first-period tap-in goal to tie the score at one, believes that Hamilton's home hex can be broken. "We know we have to stick to our game down there, keep hitting them and hopefully good things will happen when we drive the net," said the 19-year-old Campbellville resident. "We always seem to bounce back well after a loss and now we have to put a couple of wins together to keep this going." The Raiders fired 47 shots at Red Wing net minder Cameron Talbot and went 3 for 13 on the power play in a game that turned chippy as it progressed, including three fights. First
star Ryan Gibb made 27 saves in the Georgetown goal. Defender Andrew Dennis returned to the Raider lineup after sitting out two weeks with a knee injury and he played well, contributing a second-period marker with the man advantage. The Red Wings lost another veteran player to injury on Wednesday as leading scorer and former Raider Kyle Zettler left the game with an apparent shoulder problem. Sgarbossa, Wade Finegan, Mike Gurtler (penalty shot), Dennis, Paul Marchese and Greg Lever tallied for the Raiders in game four. Game six of the West Conference semi-final series is slated for Georgetown's Mold Masters SportsPlex Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If a seventh game is needed, it will be played Monday evening at Mountain Arena. The winner moves on to play either first place Milton or Oakville for the conference championship. The Blades handed Milton its first loss on home ice all season on Wednesday, winning 7-2 to cut the IceHawks' series lead to 2-1.