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Raiders Push Rebels To The Brink

Rob Wallator

Red Deer, AB – With Brett Leason missing the game due to a suspension, Noah Gregor stepped up with a pair of goals to lift the Prince Albert Raiders to a 4-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series at The Centrium on Tuesday night.

The Raiders lead the best-of-seven series three games to none.

Dante Hannoun and Parker Kelly also scored for the Raiders. All four of the Raiders’ goals were unassisted.

Gregor got the Raiders on the board 1:09 into the contest. The San Jose Sharks prospect intercepted Jacob Herauf’s pass, deked around Ethan Sakowich, and lifted a backhander past Ethan Anders for his first goal of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.

After a power play of their own ended, Hannoun struck shorthanded. Hannoun knocked the puck away from the goal and carried it out of the zone. He caught Dawson Barteaux flatfooted and picked the corner on Anders’ glove side to make it a 2-0 game with 6:38 to go in the period.

Gregor nearly made it 3-0 later in the frame. On a power-play, Parker Kelly fed Gregor with a cross-ice pass, but Anders just got his stick on the one-timer to keep the Rebels within two.

At the 4:37 mark of the second, the Rebels cut into the lead. Brandon Hagel’s first shot was stopped by Ian Scott, but the Chicago Blackhawks prospect deposited his own rebound for his fourth of the series.

The Raiders had quality chances to increase their lead. Sean Montgomery and Sergei Sapego each hit a post in the period, while Ozzy Wiesblatt’s shot trickled through Anders and went just wide of the far post.

In the third, the Raiders kept the Rebels at bay for most of the period as they limited the visitors to just five shots in the final frame.

For the second time in the game, Gregor pounced on a Rebels turnover to find the back of the net. He picked off a Hagel pass and snapped a shot past Anders for the eventual game-winning goal with 3:15 to play.

With the net empty late in the period, the Rebels got back within one with the net empty. Scott stopped the Hagel shot, but the rebound found the stick of Reese Johnson. He put the puck past a sprawling Scott to give the Rebels life with 1:02 to play.

The Raiders iced it late. Barteaux’s point shot was blocked by Kelly. The Ottawa Senators prospect was off to the races to track down the loose puck and found the empty net with 18.5 seconds to play to round out the scoring and put the Raiders one win away from the second round.

Scott was strong in net when tested, making 14 saves on the night. Anders had another good game against the Raiders as he stopped 38 shots in a losing effort.

The two teams will square off again on Wednesday night in Game 4 at The Centrium. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Head to The Rock And Iron Sports Bar to watch the game, or listen to Trevor Redden on 900 CKBI.

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