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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (0-1) take on the QMJHL President Cup Champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (0-1) in both team’s second game at the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia in Halifax, NS. On Friday night, the Raiders fell 4-1 in the opening game of the Memorial Cup to the host Halifax Mooseheads. Noah Gregor scored the Raiders’ lone goal in the contest. Samuel Asselin had a goal and an assist for the Mooseheads, while Maxim Trépanier chipped in three assists. Ian Scott stopped 33 shots in a losing effort. Halifax’s Alexei Gravel made 23 saves in the win.
2019 MEMORIAL CUP PRESENTED BY KIA RAIDERS SCHEDULE
May 17/19 at HAL | HAL 4 PA 1 | S. Asselin (1g-1a), M. Trépanier (3a), N. Gregor (1g)
May 20/19 vs. ROU (QMJHL)
May 21/19 vs. GUE (OHL)
Power play: Prince Albert – 0/4; Opponents – 1/6
OPPOSITION OUTLOOK: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies finished the 2018-19 regular season with the best record in the CHL, posting 59 wins in 68 games. The Huskies continued their strong play into the QMJHL Playoffs where they won the President Cup by defeating the Halifax Mooseheads in the 2019 Rogers President Cup Final four games to two. Peter Abbandonato led the QMJHL in scoring during the regular season with 111 points (29 goals, 82 assists) in 68 games. In the QMJHL Playoffs, Joël Teasdale was the premier point-scorer with 14 goals and 20 assists in 20 games. In goal, Samuel Harvey’s 1.97 goals-against average and 0.924 save percentage were second only to Ian Scott in the CHL during the post-season. The Huskies lost their first game of the Memorial Cup by a 5-2 score to the Guelph Storm on Saturday afternoon.
GREGOR’S GOALS: Noah Gregor continues to fill the net for the Raiders during the post-season. The San Jose Sharks prospect has at least a goal in three of his last four games dating back to the 2019 Rogers WHL Championship Series. In that span, the Beaumont, AB product has four goals and an assist. Gregor tied for second in team scoring during the WHL Playoffs with 13 goals and 11 assists.
MAXIMUM EFFORT: While he gained attention for his hit on Halifax’s Keith Getson, Max Martin also made an impact with his point shot that was deflected by Noah Gregor. It marked the third time this post-season that the Winnipeg, MB product had an assist in back-to-back contests. Martin had eight assists in 21 game during the WHL Playoffs for the Raiders.
SCORING PROWESS: During the 2019 WHL Playoffs, the Raiders led the post-season in scoring with 79 goals in their 23 games. The Raiders were held to two or fewer goals just six times during their run in the WHL Playoffs, posting a 3-3 record in those contests.
STARTING STRONG: The Raiders had most of their success in the 2019 WHL Playoffs when scoring first. In those games, the Raiders posted a 13-3 record. When their opponents scored first, the Raiders were able to battle back and win the game in three of seven contests.
NEXT UP: The Raiders close out their round-robin schedule of the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia tomorrow night against the J. Ross Robertson Cup Champion Guelph Storm (1-1) of the OHL. Puck drop is 5 p.m. CST. The game can be seen on Sportsnet, or listen to Trevor Redden on 900 CKBI.