RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders host Game 2 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Championship tonight against the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Art Hauser Centre. In Game 1 on Friday night, Ian Scott made 26 saves to backstop the Raiders to a 1-0 shutout victory over the Oil Kings in Prince Albert. Ozzy Wiesblatt scored the lone goal of the game on a centering pass that went off the stick of Edmonton defenceman Wyatt McLeod. Dylan Myskiw stopped 23 shots in a losing effort for the Oil Kings.
VS. EDMONTON: The Raiders lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. The Raiders won the regular season series against the Oil Kings with a record of 3-1. The two teams split the meetings at the Art Hauser Centre during the 2018-19 campaign.
2019 EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP AT A GLANCE
Game 1 | April 19/19 at PA | PA 1 EDM 0 | I. Scott (26 saves), D. Myskiw (23 saves), O. Wiesblatt (1g)
Game 2 | April 20/19 at PA
Game 3 | April 23/19 at EDM
Game 4 | April 24/19 at EDM
Game 5* | April 26/19 at PA
Game 6* | April 28/19 at EDM
Game 7* | April 30/19 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 0/4; Edmonton – 0/2
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Two players tied (1pt); Edmonton – No scoring
SHUTTING THE DOOR: Ian Scott’s shutout was his second of the WHL Playoffs, with his previous clean sheet coming in Game 1 against the Red Deer Rebels in Round 1. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect is the first Raiders goaltender to have multiple shutouts in single post-season run since Rejean Beauchemin had a pair during the 2005 WHL Playoffs. Beauchemin posted an 11-6 record in that playoff run with a 2.15 goals-against average and a 0.919 save percentage.
WIZARD OF OZ: Ozzy Wiesblatt’s fourth goal of the WHL Playoffs was the only goal in Friday night’s win over the Oil Kings. The Calgary, AB product is in a four-way tie for second among rookie goal scorers, joining teammate Aliaksei Protas. Spokane’s Adam Beckman leads all rookie goal scorers with six markers.
TOP 10: With an assist on Ozzy Wiesblatt’s goal on Friday night, captain Brayden Pachal moved into a tie for 10th among defencemen in scoring with six points (one goal, five assists) during the 2019 WHL Playoffs.
COMING BACK: Justin Nachbaur is eligible to return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the Oil Kings. Nachbaur served the final game of his two-game suspension in Game 1 of the series on Friday night. The Cross Lake, MB product was suspended following an interference major and game misconduct assessed in Game 5 of the series against the Saskatoon Blades.
NEXT UP: The series shifts to Edmonton for Game 3 at Rogers Place on Tuesday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 of the series is on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.