Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 8 at Red Deer
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (7-0-0-0) are in Red Deer tonight to take on the Rebels (4-2-0-0) as the Central Division road trip continues at the Enmax Centrium. Last night, the Raiders knocked off the third-ranked team in the Kia CHL Top 10 with a 5-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Enmax Centre. Noah Gregor had two shorthanded goals and an assist to lead the offence. Cole Fonstad also scored twice in the win. Sergei Sapego rounded out the scoring for the Raiders. Ian Scott made 35 saves for his sixth win of the season.
VS. RED DEER: The Raiders face off against the Rebels for the first time this season. Last year, the Raiders held a 3-0-1-0 record against the Rebels. That included two wins at the Enmax Centrium.
2017-18 SEASON SERIES RECAP
Jan. 6/18 at PA | PA 2 RD 1 (OT) | K. McDonald (GWG), V. Budik (1g-1a), E. Anders (33 saves)
Jan. 19/18 at RD | PA 5 RD 1 | V. Budik (2g-1a), P. Kelly (1g-2a), J. Stallard (1g)
Jan. 30/18 at PA | RD 4 PA 3 (OT) | K. Reichel (2g-1a), B. Leason (2a), C. Miske (1g)
Feb. 23/18 at RD | PA 3 RD 2 | I. Scott (29 saves), A. Morozoff (1g), K. McDonald (1g-1a)
Power play: Prince Albert – 2/9; Red Deer – 2/17
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Vojtech Budik (3g-5a); Red Deer – Kristian Reichel (2g-1a)
GAME WINNERS: With seven wins on the season, seven different Raiders have a game-winning goal to their name. The latest player to enter this category was Noah Gregor, who picked up the winner on Friday night. Cole Fonstad, Parker Kelly, Max Martin, Carson Miller, Sean Montgomery, and Ozzy Wiesblatt have also scored the game-winning goals. (h/t Geoffrey Brandow)
POWER PLAY STREAK SNAPPED: For the first time this season, the Raiders failed to score a power-play goal in an 0-5 outing on Friday night in Lethbridge. The Raiders have nine power-play goals in 35 attempts so far this season.
SHORTHANDED SUCCESS: Noah Gregor’s two shorthanded goals upped the Raiders’ total on the year to three. Sean Montgomery scored the other Raiders’ shorthanded goal this year, coming on Sept. 28 against the Medicine Hat Tigers. It was also the second time this season that a Raiders’ shorthanded goal ended up being the game-winning goal.
FIRING SQUAD: Despite being outshot 21-8 in the first period on Friday night, the Raiders have yet to be outshot in a game this season following a 40-36 margin against Lethbridge. Through seven games, the Raiders average 37.9 shots per game, while holding opponents to 27.6 per contest. Brett Leason continues to lead the WHL in shots with 41, which is 11 more than James Hamblin’s 30 shots on goal for second place.
NEXT UP: The Raiders wrap up their Central Division road trip on Monday afternoon against the Calgary Hitmen (0-4-1-0) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Game time is 2 p.m. 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.