Leavitt Game Preview – Game 39 vs. Kootenay
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (13-17-6-2) take on the Kootenay ICE (18-19-3-0) for the first time this season at the Art Hauser Centre, kicking off a three-in-three weekend. In their last game, the Raiders were topped 5-4 in overtime by the Regina Pats on New Year’s Day at the Brandt Centre. Brayden Pachal, Cole Fonstad, and Parker Kelly all scored in the second period to put the Raiders up 3-1. After Regina took the lead in the third, Jordy Stallard tied the game to send it to overtime, where the Pats ultimately prevailed. Curtis Meger made 34 saves in a losing effort for the Raiders.
VS. KOOTENAY: This is the third meeting between the Raiders and the ICE this season. The Raiders have earned three of a possible four points against the ICE so far.
2017-18 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE
Nov. 10/17 at KTN | PA 5 KTN 3 | J. Nachbaur (2g-1a), A. Baer (1g-1a), J. Stallard (2a)
Nov. 29/17 at KTN | KTN 4 PA 3 (OT) | C. Hausinger (1g-1a), J. Smart (1g-1a), P. Kelly (SHG)
Jan. 5/18 at PA
Feb. 7/18 at PA
Power play: PA – 1/7; KTN – 2/8
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Justin Nachbaur (2g-2a); Kootenay – Alec Baer (2g-1a)
HOME COOKING: The Raiders have liked when Kootenay has visited the Art Hauser Centre during the past four seasons. The Raiders have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two clubs in Prince Albert, including wins by scores of 6-0 and 8-0 last season.
ROSTER NEWS: The Raiders made two trades with the Victoria Royals this week, acquiring overage winger Regan Nagy and ’99-born defenceman Jeremy Masella from the Victoria Royals in exchange for D-Jay Jerome, unsigned prospect Hunter Strand and three draft picks. Nagy had 18 goals and six assists in 26 games; Masella had three goals and four assists in 35 games.
POWERED UP: Jordy Stallard continues to be one of the top power-play performers in the WHL. The overager from Brandon recorded his 12th goal with the man advantage on Monday night in Regina, putting him in a tie for third overall in the league with Stelio Mattheos. He trails only division rivals Jayden Halbgewachs (14) and Glenn Gawdin (13).
TRIO TRIVIA: Despite scoring 54 of the Raiders’ 115 goals this season, the trio of Cole Fonstad, Parker Kelly, and Jordy Stallard have only all scored in the same game twice. Prior to Monday, the other instance came on Oct. 7.
NEXT UP: The Raiders hit the ice tomorrow night when the Red Deer Rebels make their first trip to Prince Albert. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.