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Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 26 at Edmonton

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (24-1-0-0) close out the Central Division portion of their road trip tonight against the Edmonton Oil Kings (14-9-2-2). In Red Deer last night, the Raiders earned a 4-3 victory over the Rebels at the ENMAX Centrium. Sergei Sapego had three assists to lead the Raiders offensively. Brett Leason had a goal and an assist in the win. Noah Gregor also contributed two assists. Spencer Moe, Parker Kelly, and Cole Fonstad were the other Raider goal scorers from Tuesday. Ian Scott made his 21st appearance and picked up his 20th win by stopping 28 shots.

VS. EDMONTON: This is the first meeting of the year between the Raiders and the Oil Kings. Last year, the Raiders won three of the four games between the two clubs. The Raiders have also won six of the last eight contests.

2017-18 SEASON SERIES RECAP

Dec. 2/17 at EDM | EDM 4 PA 1 | D. Koch (2g), D. Kope (2a), J. Stallard (1g)

Jan. 27/18 at PA | PA 9 EDM 2 | C. Fonstad (2g-1a), V. Budik (1g-3a), K. McDonald (2g)

Feb. 24/18 at EDM | PA 5 EDM 4 | B. Leason (2g), P. Kelly (1g-1a), T. Fix-Wolansky (1g-2a)

March 7/18 at PA | PA 4 EDM 2 | C. Fonsatd (2a), P. Kelly (GWG), D. Kope (1g)

Power play: Prince Albert – 3/21; Edmonton – 2/10

Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Kody McDonald (3g-6a); Edmonton – Trey Fix-Wolansky (3g-3a)

NATIONAL HONOURS: Winger Brett Leason added another accolade as he was named the CHL Player of the Week. The Calgary, AB product put up six goals and four assists in three games played last week. With a goal and an assist last night, Leason upped his totals to 26 goals and 30 assists on the season. Tuesday’s goal was just his third power-play marker of the season. In contrast, the 2019 NHL Draft eligible winger has five shorthanded goals.

SCOTT’S ON TOP: On Tuesday, Ian Scott earned the 20th win of the season to increase his CHL-leading total. His next closest competitor across the three leagues is Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips. In fact, the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect has more wins himself than 57 of the other 59 teams in the CHL. Only the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies have more with 22 wins on the year. The OHL’s Ottawa 67’s are on par with Scott with 20 wins.

WIZARD OF OZ: With an assist on Tuesday, Ozzy Wiesblatt extended his point streak to a career-best three games, earning three points in those contests. The rookie from Calgary now has four goals and three assists this season.

TURN ON THE RED LIGHT: Tonight’s contest between the Raiders and the Oil Kings features the top two teams in the WHL in goals scored. The Raiders have scored 123 goals this year, while the Oil Kings have found the back of the net 104 times. They are the only two teams in the WHL to have reached the century mark so far this season.

NEXT UP: The Raiders are off until Saturday night when they travel to Regina to take on the Pats (8-17-0-0) at the Brandt Centre. Game time is 7 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game is on Saturday, Dec. 8 against the Brandon. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Raider Office and raiderhockey.com.

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