Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 40 vs. Saskatoon
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (34-4-0-1) continue their homestand tonight when the Saskatoon Blades (24-11-5-0) make the trip up Hwy 11. Last night, the Raiders dropped a 4-2 game to the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Art Hauser Centre. Ozzy Wiesblatt and Brayden Pachal scored the Raiders’ goals in a losing effort. Brett Leason and Ian Scott made their return to the Raiders’ lineup. Leason was held off the scoresheet, while Scott made 27 saves in the loss. Dante Hannoun also made his Raiders debut last night.
VS. SASKATOON: This is the sixth meeting of the year between the Raiders and the Blades and the third in Prince Albert. The Raiders hold a 4-1-0-0 record against the Blades overall this season, including a 2-0-0-0 record at home.
2018-19 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE
Sept. 30/18 at PA | PA 4 SAS 1 |P. Kelly (1g-1a), B. Leason (2a), I. Scott (28 saves)
Oct. 14/18 at SAS | PA 6 SAS 2 | B. Pachal (1g-2a), P. Kelly (1g-1a), B. Leason (2g-1a)
Dec. 9/18 at SAS | SAS 1 PA 0 | N. Maier (32 saves), I. Scott (26 saves), T. Robins (1g)
Dec. 27/18 at SAS | PA 4 SAS 3 (OT) | B. Pachal (2g), N. Gregor (2g-1a), T. Robins (2a)
Dec. 28/18 at PA | PA 4 SAS 2 | N. Gregor (2g-1a), C. Fonstad (1g-2a), D. Buskey (34 saves)
Jan. 5/19 at PA
March 16/19 at SAS
March 16/19 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 2/18; Saskatoon – 5/23
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Cole Fonstad (1g-7a); Saskatoon – Two players tied (2g-2a)
STREAK SNAPPED: Noah Gregor had his seven-game point streak snapped on Friday night when he was kept at bay by the Moose Jaw Warriors. In that span, the San Jose Sharks prospect had 10 goals and seven assists to jump up to eighth in league scoring. Gregor has 24 goals and 29 assists in 34 games with the Raiders this season.
HEATING UP: With a power-play goal on Friday night against the Warriors, rookie Ozzy Wiesblatt stretched his point streak to three games. This season, the Calgary product has three point streaks of three or more games. Wiesblatt has points in seven of his last eight games, recording two goals and seven assists in that span. Since returning from the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November, he has picked up 17 of his 21 points this season.
PACHAL POTS ANOTHER: Raiders captain Brayden Pachal reached double-digit goals for the first time in his WHL career on Friday night by recording his 10th of the year. He is tied for the lead for goals among defenceman with Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants. The Raiders captain now has 28 points this season, two more than a career high of 26 set last season. Pachal needs just one helper to tie his career high in assists.
NEXT UP: The Raiders welcome the Seattle Thunderbirds (11-20-4-0) to the Art Hauser Centre on Wednesday for the only time this season. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com and the Raider Office.