Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 48 at Vancouver
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (40-5-0-2) play the last game of the season against the BC Division tonight at the Langley Events Centre against the Vancouver Giants. On Tuesday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Raiders reached the 40-win mark for the first time since the 1998-99 season in a 4-1 win over the Victoria Royals. Cole Fonstad led the way with a goal and an assist in the win. Max Martin, Sean Montgomery, and Justin Nachbaur also scored for the Raiders. Ian Scott picked up his 28th win of the season with a 20-save performance.
VS. VANCOUVER: This is the only meeting of the year between the Raiders and the Giants. Last year, the Raiders fell 5-4 in overtime to the Giants at the Art Hauser Centre. Jordy Stallard and Sergei Sapego each had a goal and an assist. Cole Fonstad chipped in a pair of helpers. The Raiders’ last win over the Giants was a 5-4 shootout victory on Oct. 2, 2015 in Prince Albert. The last road win over the Giants came on Oct. 13, 2010 by a 5-3 score at the Pacific Coliseum.
VS. BC DIVISION: This is the last game the Raiders play against the BC Division this year. The Raiders are 3-0-0-1 against the division this year with wins over the Kamloops Blazers and Prince George Cougars. Last season, the Raiders posted a 3-1-1 record against the division last year by beating the Blazers, Cougars, and Royals at the Art Hauser Centre.
TOP PROSPECTS GAME: Marc Habscheid, Brett Leason, and Team Orr orchestrated a third-period comeback to take down Team Cherry at the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Red Deer, AB on Wednesday night. Leason assisted on Team Orr’s second of the night and scored the game-tying goal with 3:15 to play in the third.
FONSTAD’S FIFTIETH: Winger Cole Fonstad scored the 50th goal of his WHL career in Tuesday night’s win over the Victoria Royals. The Estevan product is three goals away from tying his career high of 21 set last season. The Montreal Canadiens prospect has 18 goals and 30 assists this season to place him third in team scoring. Since the start of 2019, Fonstad leads the team in scoring with six goals and six assists in 12 games played.
BREAKING THE SLUMP: Max Martin ended his goalless drought in highlight-reel fashion on Tuesday night in Victoria. His coast-to-coast rush on the power play was his first goal in 14 games. His last marker came on Dec. 12 against Edmonton. The Winnipeg, MB product now has six goals and 25 assists this season in 44 games. The 19-year-old blueliner is two points away from his career high set during the 2016-17 season with the Raiders and the Prince George Cougars.
MONTGOMERY’S MARK: For the first time in his lengthy WHL career, Sean Montgomery reached the 20-goal plateau when he scored the game-winning goal on Tuesday night against the Royals. The fifth-year Raider has 25 assists to go along with his goal total as he continues to smash his previous career-best point totals.
NEXT UP: The Raiders wrap up their road trip on Saturday night in Cranbrook against the Kootenay ICE (10-30-7-1). Game time at Western Financial Place is 8 p.m. The Raiders return to the Art Hauser Centre for games against the Edmonton Oil Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, respectively. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com and the Raider Office.