Kelly Pots Two In Win Over Blades
Prince Albert, SK – Parker Kelly scored the first two goals of the game and his team didn’t look back as the Prince Albert Raiders (21-20-8-2) downed the Saskatoon Blades (25-25-2-1) on Friday night in front of 2,357 vocal fans at the Art Hauser Centre.
The win brought the Raiders within one point of the Blades for the final wild card spot with a game at hand over their division rivals.
Kelly got the scoring started just 1:32 into the contest. He took a pass from Kody McDonald and snapped it past Nolan Maier in the slot to put the Raiders ahead. Later in the period, Kelly took a pass from Pachal and deked to his backhand to beat a screened Maier put the Raiders up 2-0.
With 2:08 to play in the first, the Blades answered. A point shot from Jackson Caller ricocheted off Logan Christensen in front and through Ian Scott, making it a 2-1 game after 20 minutes.
The Raiders restored their two-goal lead midway through the second. Brett Leason and Cole Fonstad broke into the Blades’ end on a two-on-none rush. Leason passed it to Fonstad, who gave it right back to the former Tri-City American who made no mistake in giving the Raiders a 3-1 advantage.
On the faceoff following the mid-period timeout, the Raiders made it a 4-1 game. Jordy Stallard won it back to Regan Nagy, who threw the puck on net. Curtis Miske redirected the puck past Maier from the top of the crease for his 18th goal of the season.
Four minutes later, Eric Florchuk brought the Blades back within two with a great individual effort in the Raiders’ end.
However, the Raiders answered quickly less than three minutes later. While already on a power play, Cole Fonstad cut to the net with the puck on a delayed penalty kill. The Estevan product roofed it over Maier to put the Raiders up 5-2.
That’s how the game stayed through the final 21 minutes of action. Brett Leason was stopped on a penalty shot with 35 seconds left in the middle period. In the third, the Raiders kept the Blades at bay by allowing just five shots in the final frame. The game was punctuated by a flashy glove save by Scott in the waning seconds.
Scott finished the game with 19 saves for the Raiders in the win. Maier stopped 34 shots in the loss.
The Raiders head to Regina on Saturday night to take on the Pats at the Brandt Centre. Game time is 7 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game is on Wednesday night when the Kootenay ICE visit the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.