Game Preview: Raiders vs. Swift Current
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (18-41-5-2) take on the Swift Current Broncos (34-20-4-6) tonight at the Art Hauser Centre as the home schedule draws nearer to its conclusion. Last game, the Raiders rolled to an 8-0 victory over the Kootenay ICE on Autism Awareness Night at the Art Hauser Centre. Kolten Olynek and Cavin Leth got the scoring started, giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead after the first. In the second, Simon Stransky, Vojtech Budik and Brayden Pachal all found the back of the net to extend the Raiders’ lead to 5-0. The Raiders kept coming in the third. Parker Kelly scored twice – including a penalty shot – and Tim Vanstone added another to round out the scoring at 8-0. Ian Scott stopped all 25 shots faced to earn is 10th win and second shutout of the season.
VS. SWIFT CURRENT: Tonight is the last game of the year between the Raiders and the Broncos. The Raiders edged the Broncos 3-2 in the last meeting between these two clubs on January 29.
2016-17 SEASON SERIES RECAP
Sept. 30/16 at PA| SC 5 PA 2 | G. Gawdin (1g-1a), L. Pederson (1g-2a), A. Glover (1g-1a)
Oct. 8/16 at SC | SC 4 PA 3 | A. Heponiemi (3a), C. Spencer (GWG), T. Vanstone (1g)
Nov. 23/16 at PA | SC 3 PA 1 | R. Graham (2g), M. Lajoie (1g-1a), C. Leth (1g)
Dec. 16/16 at SC | SC 4 PA 1 | S. Khaira (1g-1a), A. Heponiemi (1g-1a), N. Sanders (37 saves)
Dec. 17/16 at PA | SC 4 PA 3 | K. Gable (2g), M. Martin (1g), A. Heponiemi (1g-1a)
Jan. 7/17 at SC | SC 5 PA 2 | C. Spencer (1g-1a), T. Steenbergen (1g-1a), S. Stransky (1g)
Jan. 29/17 at SC | PA 3 SC 2 | M. Martin (1g-1a), A. Heponiemi (1a), C. Leth (1g)
March 7/17 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 8/31; Swift Current – 3/24
CRAZY EIGHTS: The Raiders’ total of eight goals scored on Saturday against the Kootenay ICE is the highest this season. The previous high was six, which was done twice – once in an overtime loss to the Regina Pats and another in a shutout against the ICE. It was the first time the Raiders have scored at least eight goals in a game since January 9, 2016 when they downed the Medicine Hat Tigers 8-2 in Prince Albert.
KELLY’S CAREER HIGH: Raiders winger Parker Kelly’s four-point night on Saturday against Kootenay was a new career high. He also scored his first WHL penalty shot goal on his second attempt. Kelly is riding a three-game point streak, scoring three goals and adding six assist in that span.
THORN IN THE SIDE: Broncos rookie Alexi Heponiemi has been having a great season at the expense of the Raiders. 10 (3g-7a) of the Finnish forward’s 77 points have come in seven games against the Raiders to lead the season series.
NEXT UP: The Raiders close out their longest home stand of the season on Friday night when the Brandon Wheat Kings visit the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here, in the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.