Game Preview: Raiders vs. Lethbridge
RAIDER REVIEW: The Central Division continues to storm through the Art Hauser Centre tonight as the Raiders (17-40-5-2) host the Lethbridge Hurricanes (40-17-4-3). On Wednesday, the Raiders surrendered a two-goal third period lead to the Central Division-leading Medicine Hat Tigers in a 6-5 overtime loss. The Tigers opened the scoring in the first, but Curtis Miske responded in the opening period and Cavin Leth gave the Raiders the lead in the second. Late in the middle frame, the Tigers tied the game at 2-2. In the third, Leth and Parker Kelly scored in the first five minutes to give the Raiders a two-goal lead. After Matt Bradley cut the lead to one, D-Jay Jerome buried a rebound to make it a 5-3 game. Midway through the period, John Dahlstrom solved Ian Scott and Mark Rassell tallied his second of the game to send it to overtime at 5-5. 31 seconds into the extra frame, Steven Owre ended the game.
VS. LETHBRIDGE: This is the last time that the Raiders and Hurricanes play this season. So far, the Raiders are winless against the Hurricanes in three attempts.
2016-17 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE
Nov. 30/16 at LETH | LETH 5 PA 1 | G. Estephan (2g-1a), T. Wong (1g-1a), I. Scott (36 saves)
Jan. 27/17 at PA | LETH 5 PA 4 | B. Menell (2g-1a), C. Leth (2g), T. Wong (1g-2a)
Feb. 10/17 at LETH | LETH 4 PA 2 | A. Baer (2g), Z. Zborosky (1g-1a), C. Miske (1g)
March 3/17 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 0/10; Lethbridge – 2/8
Leading scorers: Prince Albert – Cavin Leth (2g-1a); Lethbridge – Tyler Wong (2g-4a)
EXTRA TIME: The Raiders have had nine games settled in the three-on-three overtime period this season and have compiled a 4-5 record following Wednesday night’s OT loss to the Tigers. They have now lost two consecutive games decided in overtime. The last win during the three-on-three session was on Jan. 22 against the Calgary Hitmen.
DOUBLE DECADE: With two goals on Wednesday night, Cavin Leth became the first Raider to reach the 20-goal mark this season. Leth now has 21 markers on the year, which is nearly double his previous career high set last season split between the Swift Current Broncos and the Seattle Thunderbirds. The overager has 26 total points since joining the Raiders via trade in October.
FEBRUARY’S POINT LEADER: Raiders defenceman Vojtech Budik led the team’s point production in February, picking up nine assists in 10 contests. Budik, who is still searching for his first goal this season, now has 25 assists on the campaign. Close behind Budik was Curtis Miske, who picked up six goals and two assists in 2017’s second month.
NEXT UP: The Raiders host Kootenay ICE comes to town on Autism Awareness Night tomorrow. The Raiders will be wearing special jerseys that night. Three jerseys will be available during the game via silent auction. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Tickets can be purchased here, in the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.