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Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 19 at Seattle

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (8-7-3-0) continue their season-long road trip tonight at the ShoWare Center against the Seattle Thunderbirds (9-7-1-1). On Sunday, the Raiders fell 6-1 to the Portland Winterhawks at the Moda Center. Jordy Stallard scored the Raiders’ lone goal on a first-period power play. The Winterhawks took advantage of their power-play opportunities, scoring five times with the man advantage – four in the third period alone. Curtis Meger got the start and made 28 saves in a losing effort.

VS. SEATTLE: This is the first and only meeting between the Raiders and the Seattle Thunderbirds this season. Last year, the Thunderbirds scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Raiders 5-2 at the Art Hauser Centre. In the Raiders’ last trip to Seattle, Prince Albert fell 3-2 in a shootout at the ShoWare Center. The Raiders’ last win in Seattle was a 5-0 shutout on October 7, 2011.

VS. US DIVISION: This is the second of five games against the US Division for the Raiders this season. The Raiders are 0-1 against the division so far. Last year, the Raiders lost all five games against their American opponents.

AT THE QUARTER MARK: The completion of Sunday’s game against Portland also completed the first quarter of the season for the Prince Albert Raiders. The Raiders are nine points ahead of their pace from last season and already have three more wins.

PENALTY MINUTES: After Sunday’s game, the Raiders have the second-most penalty minutes in the league with 284 – an average of 15.8 per game. The only team with more penalty minutes is the Seattle Thunderbirds, who have totalled 287 through 18 games this season. Also, two Raiders – Cole Fonstad and Brett Leason – have yet to take a penalty for Prince Albert this season.

SAPE-GOING STRONG: Sergei Sapego has become more comfortable in his role with the Prince Albert Raiders since being claimed on waivers from the Tri-City Americans. The Belarussian has assists in three of the last four games, including a power-play assist in both Friday and Sunday’s games.

SKOLESKI’S MILESTONE: The next game Devon Skoleski plays will be his 150th career game in the WHL. Skoleski, who was picked up on waivers from the Everett Silvertips in the off-season, has 29 goals and 33 assist in his 149 games to date. In 18 games with the Raiders, the St. Adolphe, MB product has six goals and three assists.

NEXT UP: The Raiders continue their road trip on Tuesday night against the Seattle Thunderbirds (9-6-1-1) at the ShoWare Center. The next Raiders’ home game is on Friday, November 24 against the Swift Current Broncos on 80s Night Presented By Canadian Tire at the Art Hauser Centre.  Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-GAME.

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