Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 5 vs. Saskatoon
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (4-0-0-0) close out their three-in-three weekend this evening at the Art Hauser Centre against the Saskatoon Blades (3-0-0-0). Last night, the Raiders stormed back and erased a three-goal, third-period deficit to beat the Warriors 5-4 in overtime in Moose Jaw. Parker Kelly scored the tying goal, then notched the game winner in the extra frame. Sergei Sapego, Aliaksei Protas, and Justin Nachbaur also found the back of the net for the Raiders. Donovan Buskey stopped 11 shots to pick up the win in his first start regular season start with the Raiders.
VS. SASKATOON: The Raiders face off against the Blades for the first time in the regular season. The two teams became familiar foes during the pre-season, squaring off in four contests. The Raiders won the final meeting of the pre-season at the Art Hauser Centre on Sept. 15.
2017-18 SEASON SERIES RECAP
Oct. 21/17 at PA | PA 4 SAS 3 (OT) | P. Kelly (2g), C. Wouters (1g,1a), J. Stallard (1g-1a)
Dec. 10/17 at SAS | SAS 3 PA 2 | N. Maier (34 saves), J. Stallard (1g), A. Zawatsky (GWG)
Dec. 27/17 at SAS | SAS 4 PA 2 | C. Hebig (2g), B. Shmyr (3a), I. Scott (38 saves)
Dec. 28/17 at PA | SAS 6 PA 4 | J. Paterson (3g-1a), B. Shmyr (2g-3a), P. Kelly (1g)
Feb. 2/18 at PA | PA 5 SAS 2 | P. Kelly (2g), C. Fonstad (1g-1a), J. Stallard (2a)
Feb. 10/18 at SAS | SAS 6 PA 3 | B. Goethals (2g), J. Stallard (2g), B. Shmyr (1g-1a)
March 16/18 at PA | SAS 2 PA 1 | C. Wouters (GWG), P. Kelly (1g),
March 17/18 at PA | M. Gerlach (3g), S. Sapego (2g), M. Martin (2a)
Power play: Prince Albert – 6/36; Saskatoon – 7/24
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Jordy Stallard (4g-4a); Saskatoon – Braylon Shmyr (3g-10a)
SNIPING ON SASKATOON: Parker Kelly must’ve had the Blades circled on his calendar last season. The Ottawa Senators prospect had seven goals in seven games against the Blades to lead the season series in goal scoring. In his career against Saskatoon, Kelly has eight goals and two assists.
POWERING UP: The Raiders power play continues to find success as Sergei Sapego scored with the man advantage on Saturday night, running their consecutive games with a power-play goal streak to four. Overall, the Raiders have scored the second-most power-play goals in the league with seven on the season, trailing just the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ eight.
PUCK FOR PROTAS: Sparking last night’s comeback was Aliaksei Protas. The Belarusian rookie scored his first career WHL goal on Saturday night. Protas’s goal started the Raiders’ three-goal comeback. He also secured the lone assist on the Raiders’ next goal, which was scored by Justin Nachbaur.
NEXT UP: The Raiders hit the road for the next four games, beginning on Wednesday night in Medicine Hat against the Tigers (1-3-0-1) at 7 PM. The next Raiders’ home game is on Saturday, October 13 against the Red Deer Rebels on Parker Kelly Bobblehead Night Presented By Canadian Tire. Puck drop is 7 PM. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com.