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Game Preview: Raiders at Saskatoon

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (20-43-5-2) open up a season-ending home-and-home series with the Saskatoon Blades (27-34-7-2) tonight at SaskTel Centre. The Raiders are coming off of a 3-2 overtime win over the Warriors in Moose Jaw on Tuesday night. Max Martin opened the scoring for the Raiders 4:13 into the game, but the Warriors tied it late in the frame to make it a 1-1 game after 20 minutes. Following a scoreless second period, Parker Kelly restored the Raiders’ lead 3:09 into the third. The lead held until the waning moments of the game when Noah Gregor scored with 1:06 to play. In overtime, Simon Stransky scored at the 1:29 mark to give the Raiders the victory. Nicholas Sanders had a strong start in goal, finishing the game with 41 saves.

VS. SASKATOON: Tonight is the seventh game of the year between the Raiders and the Blades and the last one in Saskatoon. The Raiders won the last meeting 4-2 between the two rivals on Feb. 25 at the Art Hauser Centre. This season, the Raiders have a 2-4-0-0 record against the Blades this season. The Raiders have lost their last 10 games in Saskatoon, dating back to September 20, 2014.

2016-17 SEASON SERIES RECAP

Oct. 6/16 at SAS | SAS 2 PA 0 | L. Flodell (31 saves), J. Shynkaruk (1g), I. Scott (24 saves)

Oct. 29/16 at PA | SAS 1 PA 0 |I. Scott (32 saves), L. Flodell (23 saves), J. Paterson (1g)

Dec. 27/16 at PA | PA 5 SAS 3 | D. Warkentine (1g-1a), C. Paivarinta (1g), B. Shmyr (2g)

Dec. 28/16 at SAS | SAS 3 PA 2 | J. Shynkaruk (2a), I. Scott (39 saves), C. Miller (2g)

Feb. 24/17 at SAS | SAS 3 PA 1 | L. Flodell (29 saves), B. Shmyr (1g-1a), C. Miske (1g)

Feb. 25/17 at PA | PA 4 SAS 2 | K. Olynek (1g-1a), Z. Hayes (1g), B. Shmyr (1g)

March 17/17 at SAS

March 18/17 at PA

Power play: Prince Albert – 3/27; Saskatoon – 8/32

Leading scorers: Prince Albert – Curtis Miske (2g-2a); Saskatoon – Braylon Shmyr (6g-1a)

SHARING THE LOAD: Simon Stransky scored his second overtime goal of the season in Tuesday’s win over the Moose Jaw Warriors, which matches his game-winning goal total on the season. With that goal, he joined Brayden Pachal, Kolten Olynek, Cavin Leth, Cole Fonstad and Max Martin in a tie for the team lead in game-winning goals with two.

DOUBLE DECADES: With each player scoring a goal on Saturday night, Simon Stransky and Parker Kelly both reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in their careers. Stranksy’s previous high was 19 goals, which was reached  last season. Kelly found the back of the net eight times. They join Cavin Leth (22) as the team’s only 20-goal scorers this season.

NEXT UP: The Raiders close out the season on Saturday night against the Saskatoon Blades at the Art Hauser Centre beginning at 7 p.m. Stay in your seats after the game to see the presentation of the annual player awards. Tickets can be purchased here, in the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.

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