Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 12 vs. Victoria
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (4-4-3-0) enter the second half of their four-game homestand tonight when they host the Victoria Royals (10-3-1-0) for the first time in two years as they close out the first half of their trip through the East Division. In the Raiders’ last game, Parker Kelly scored two goals – including the overtime winner – as Prince Albert downed the Saskatoon Blades 4-3. Jordy Stallard and Curtis Miske also found the back of the net for the Raiders. Ian Scott made his return to the lineup on Saturday, stopping 30 shots to earn his first win of the season.
VS. VICTORIA: This is the only meeting of the year between the Raiders and the Victoria Royals. Last year, the Raiders fell 3-1 to the Royals in Victoria at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Loch Morrison, who was eventually traded to the Royals later that season, had the Raiders’ only goal in the game. In Victoria’s last trip to Prince Albert, the Royals edged the Raiders 3-2 in overtime.
VS. BC DIVISION: This is the second of five games against the BC Division this year. The Raiders fell 5-4 in overtime to the Vancouver Giants last week, making their record 0-0-1-0 against BC Division teams this season.
KELLY’S MILESTONE NIGHT: Prince Albert Raiders alternate captain played in his 150th career WHL game on Saturday night and picked up two goals to celebrate. One of those goals was his second game-winning goal of the season and fourth of his career. The Ottawa Senators prospect has 37 goals and 36 assists in his WHL career so far. Kelly, from Camrose, AB, was picked in the seventh round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
ON FIRE: The line of Cole Fonstad, Parker Kelly, and Jordy Stallard has been the team’s top point producer over the last two weeks. All three are currently riding four-game point streaks. The trio has also combined for 20 of the team’s 37 goals on the season, which equates to 54% of the team’s goals.
PROSPECT REPORT: Raiders prospects Kaiden Guhle and Ozzy Wiesblatt earned a silver medal at the 2017 WHL Cup on the weekend. Guhle led all defenceman in scoring with five goals and four assists, earning WHL Cup All-Star honours. Teammate Ozzy Wiesblatt had three assists in his five games. Jakob Brook helped Manitoba to a bronze medal victory on Sunday. He had a goal and an assist during the tournament. For Team Saskatchewan, Cohner Saleski recorded a goal and two assists.
NEXT UP: The Raiders host the Brandon Wheat Kings this Friday night on Pink In The Rink Night at the Art Hauser Centre. Players will be wearing pink laces and using pink stick tape. Also, $5 from every adult ticket purchased online will be donated to the Prince Albert Cancer Society. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-GAME.