Game Preview: Raiders vs. Tri-City
RAIDER REVIEW: The Prince Albert Raiders (8-29-1-2) host the Tri-City Americans (22-17-3-0) in their biennial visit to the Art Hauser Centre tonight at 7 p.m. In their last game, the Raiders battled valiantly against the Moose Jaw Warriors, but fell 6-5 in a shootout on Tuesday night. The Warriors opened the scoring 36 seconds into the game, but Parker Kelly tied the score three minutes later with a power-play goal. After the Warriors pulled ahead again, Sean Montgomery and Luke Coleman found the back of the net 30 seconds apart to put the Raiders in the lead 3-2 after 20 minutes. In the second, the Warriors struck twice to take a 4-3 lead heading into the third. In the final period, Curtis Miske tallied his first as a Raider to tie the game at 4-4. After the Warriors took the lead again, Carson Miller banged home a rebound with 1:50 to play to send the game to overtime. After the extra period solved nothing, Jayden Halbgewachs and Nikita Popugaev scored the only goals in the shootout to secure the extra point for the visitors. Nicholas Sanders made 32 saves in the loss for the Raiders.
VS. TRI-CITY: This is the first and only meeting between the Raiders and the Americans this season. Last year, the Raiders knocked off the Americans 5-3 at the Toyota Center during their American road trip. In Tri-City’s last trip to the Art Hauser Centre, the visitors downed the Raiders 4-1.
TRADING PARTNERS: There will be some familiar faces to Raiders fans on the Americans’ bench when they visit the Art Hauser Centre. On draft day, the Raiders dealt overage defenceman Dalton Yorke to Tri-City in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The Raiders used that pick to take goaltender Brett Balas. In October, the Raiders shipped overage goaltender Rylan Parenteau to the Americans for goaltender Nicholas Sanders and a third-round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
SKILLS COMPETITION: The Raiders went to the shootout for just the second time this season on Tuesday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The only other shootout for the Raiders was on December 10 in Moose Jaw. The Raiders have yet to score in the shootout this season.
ROSTER NOTES: The Raiders announced the signing of 2015 WHL Bantam Draft selection Justin Nachbaur to a WHL Standard Players Agreement on Thursday morning. Nachbaur, who hails from Cross Lake, MB, was a seventh-round pick. Listed at 6’3” and 210 pounds, Nachbaur has eight goals and 10 assists in 35 games this season with the OCN Blizzard.
MILLER TIME: Raiders rookie Carson Miller continues to put up points as the season goes on. The 16-year-old has three goals and two assists in his last five games. All three of those goals have come in the third period, including the game-tying goal on Tuesday night.
NEXT UP: The Raiders hit the road on Saturday night to take on the Broncos in Swift Current at the Credit Union i-Plex. Game time is 7 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game is on Wednesday night when Matteo Gennaro and the Calgary Hitmen come to town. Puck drop at the Art Hauser Centre is 7 p.m. Tickets are available here, at the Raider Office or by calling 306-764-5348.