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Game Preview: Raiders vs. Blades – Sept. 3

RAIDER REVIEW: The future of the Highway 11 Rivalry will be on display this afternoon as the Prince Albert Raiders open the 2017 WHL Pre-season against the Saskatoon Blades (1-1-0-0) in the Young Guns Game.

INTRA-SQUAD RESULTS: Last night, D-Jay Jerome, Parker Kelly, and Jordy Stallard paced Team Green to a 7-5 victory over Team White in the annual Intra-Squad Game at the Art Hauser Centre. Kelly (one goal, three assists) and Stallard (two goals, two assists) led the way with four points each, while Jerome (one goal, two assists) notched three points. Kaiden Guhle, Ozzy Wiesblatt, and Carson Miller also found the back of the net for Team Green. Drew Warkentine had a goal and an assist to lead Team White in scoring. Brayden Pachal, Nikita Krivokrasov, Austin Crossley, and Devon Skoleski also tallied for White.

LATE START: The Raiders will be one of the last teams to take the ice for a pre-season contest. After Sunday, only the Brandon Wheat Kings and Kootenay ICE will have yet to play in 2017.

PRE-SEASON SUCCESS: The Raiders finished the 2016 WHL Pre-season with a 3-2 record. The Raiders downed the Blades in both of their pre-season meetings last season, including a 5-3 victory in the Art Hauser Centre.

PARKER’S POINTS: Amongst returning players, Parker Kelly led the Raiders in scoring with eight points (three goals, five assists) last pre-season. The Camrose, AB product went on to finish second on the team in scoring with 43 points in 72 games last season.

HOME OPENER: The 2017-18 WHL Regular Season opens in less than three weeks when the Raiders host the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday, September 22 at the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets and flex packs are now on sale at the box office or the Raider Office Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ROAD TRIP: On the night after the home opener, the Raiders are sending a fan bus to Moose Jaw for the Warriors’ home opener at Mosaic Place. The bus leaves at the Art Hauser Centre at 2:30 p.m. and will have Coca-Cola and pizza for the ride. A maximum of 45 tickets will be available and are on sale now in the Raider Office. Call 306-764-GAME for more information.

NEXT UP: The Raiders open a home-and-home series against the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Raiders and the Blades square off in Warman at the Legends Centre.

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