Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders (51-9-2-2) are the 2018-19 Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy winners.
The Raiders clinched the WHL’s regular season championship with a 6-0 shutout victory over the Swift Current Broncos (10-46-4-2) on Tuesday night at the Art Hauser Centre.
This is the second time in franchise history that the Raiders claimed the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy. The Raiders also won the trophy during the 1984-85 season en route to winning the 1985 Memorial Cup.
Justin Nachbaur had a pair of goals in the win, while Dante Hannoun added a goal and two assists. Brayden Pachal also chipped in with three assists. Aliaksei Protas had a goal and an assist.
Between the pipes, Ian Scott earned his sixth shutout of the season with a 24-save performance. The clean sheet puts him in a three-way tie for the most in a single season in Raider history with Luke Siemens (2012-13) and Rejean Beauchemin (2003-04).
The Raiders got the scoring started 5:30 into the opening period. Pachal lifted a puck out of the zone as a Raiders penalty expired. Sergei Sapego got out of the box and started a two-on-none rush with Cole Fonstad. The two passed back-and-forth before Sapego beat Lamb for his ninth goal of the season.
At the 7:00 mark of the first, the Raiders extended the lead. Hannoun’s first shot was stopped by Lamb. Kelly collected the rebound then found Hannoun in the slot who snapped a shot past Lamb for his 29th goal of the year to put the Raiders up 2-0 after the first.
Midway through the second, the Raiders made it 3-0. Pachal sent a shot towards goal that Nachbaur deflected past Lamb from the top of the crease for his 19th goal of the year with 8:48 to play in the period.
Exactly one minute later, the Raiders struck again. Pachal put a shot on goal again. This time, Protas redirected the shot past Lamb from the top of the slot for his 11th of his rookie year.
The Raiders added another goal with 6:28 to play in the third. Kaiden Guhle’s shot was stopped by Lamb, but the Broncos goaltender sent the rebound in front of the net. Eric Pearce found the rebound and banged it home for his seventh goal of the season to put the Raiders up 5-0 after two periods.
Scott’s biggest test came in the third period with Jeremy Masella off for tripping. Garrett Sambrook’s shot towards goal was taken by Tanner Nagel. With Scott down, Nagel came across the face off the goal. His shot was stolen away by Scott’s glove.
Nachbaur scored his second of the game with 6:58 to play. Hannoun dropped a pass for Protas who spotted the Cross Lake, MB product heading towards the net. Nachbaur’s first attempt was stopped but he collected his own rebound and beat Lamb on his second attempt for his 19th goal of the year.
Lamb finished the game with 33 saves in a losing effort for the Broncos.
The two teams will meet again on Friday night when the Broncos are back at the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Raider Office and raiderhockey.com.
Playoff packages for the general public will be on Monday, March 11 at 9 a.m. Single-game tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 15 at 9 a.m. For more details, visit raiderhockey.com/2019whlplayoffs.