Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 2 at Regina
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (1-0-0-0) finish out their season-opening home-and-home series with the Regina Pats (0-1-0-0) at the Brandt Centre tonight. Last night, the Raiders skated to a 7-2 win over the Regina Pats at the Art Hauser Centre. Carson Miller led the way with his first career WHL hat trick. Jakob Brook, Brett Leason, Eric Pearce, and Sergei Sapego also found the back of the net for the Raiders. Cole Fonstad, Kody McDonald, and Sean Montgomery each had a pair of assists. Ian Scott picked up the win with a 19-save performance.
VS. REGINA: The Raiders snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Pats on Friday night. The last win Prince Albert had over Regina was the 2016-17 season opener at the Brandt Centre, which was a 4-3 overtime victory. Simon Stransky scored the winning goal in the extra period.
2018-19 SEASON SERIES RECAP
Sept. 21/18 at PA | PA 7 REG 2 | C. Miller (3g), B. Leason (1g-1a), J. Brook (1g)
Sept. 22/18 at REG
Oct. 27/18 at PA
Dec. 1/18 at REG
Dec. 30/18 at PA
Jan. 1/19 at REG
Power play: Prince Albert – 2/6; Regina – 0/2
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Carson Miller (3g); Regina – Six players tied (1pt)
HOME SWEET HOME: The Raiders picked up the win in their Home Opener for the first time since the 2015-16 season when Sean Montgomery scored in overtime to end a wild 6-5 game against the Saskatoon Blades.
MILLER TIME: Carson Miller started the season with a bang. The 18-year-old from Yorkton tallied his first career hat trick, which also tripled his goal production from last season. Miller also snapped a 38-game regular season goalless drought with his three markers.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: Jakob Brook and Aliaksei Protas both found the scoresheet in their WHL debuts. Brook picked up his first career WHL goal and point with his first period snap shot past Max Paddock. Protas set up Carson Miller’s first goal for his first career assist and point.
DEFENCE FIRST: The Raiders continued a trend from last season, picking up a win when they allowed three goals or less in a game. Last season, the Raiders won 26 of their 32 games when they didn’t give up more than three goals to the opposition. Also, the Raiders picked up 27 of their 32 wins when scoring four or more.
NEXT UP: The Raiders are back at home on Friday night as the Medicine Hat Tigers visit the Art Hauser Centre. Tickets are available at the Raider Office or at raiderhockey.com. Puck drop is 7 p.m.