Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 21 at Tri-City
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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (9-8-3-0) play the fifth game of their six-game road trip tonight against at the Toyota Center against the Tri-City Americans (12-5-2-0). On Wednesday, the Raiders were shut out by Carter Hart and the Everett Silvertips. Ian Scott made 40 saves in a losing effort for the Raiders and was named the game’s first star.
VS. TRI-CITY: This is the only contest between the Raiders and the Americans this season. Last year, the Raiders fell 7-1 to the Americans at the Art Hauser Centre on January 6. In their last trip to Kennewick, the Raiders earned a 5-3 victory over the Americans.
VS. US DIVISION: This is the fourth of five games against the US Division for the Raiders this season. The Raiders are 1-2 against the division so far. Last year, the Raiders lost all five games against their American opponents.
STREAK SNAPPED: With the Raiders being shut out on Wednesday, Jordy Stallard saw his 12-game point streak come to an end. In that stretch, the Winnipeg Jets draft pick had 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points. He also had seven multi-point games.
MAKING THE LIST: 2000-born forward Cole Fonstad was ranked on NHL Central Scouting’s “Players To Watch” List for the 2018 NHL Draft. The Estevan product was given a “C rating”, which indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth-round candidate for this summer’s draft in Dallas, TX. Fonstad is second in team scoring this season with 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists), which also makes him the highest scoring ’00-born forward in the WHL.
COMING (BACK) TO AMERICA: Forward Brett Leason and defenceman Sergei Sapego are both returning to Kennewick to face their original WHL club on Friday night. Leason, who was acquired by the Raiders on October 25, was drafted by the Americans in the third round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Sapego, who was claimed off of waivers, was picked in the second round of June’s CHL Import Draft. Since joining the Raiders, Leason has two goals and three assists, and Sapego has recorded a goal and five helpers.
PENALTIES KILLED: The Raiders were successful in killing off all eight penalties against the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night. It was the first time in six games the Raiders did not allow a power-play goal. The last time was a 3-3 night against the Branon Wheat Kings on October 27 at the Art Hauser Centre.
NEXT UP: The Raiders close out their six-game road trip tomorrow night at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena against the Spokane Chiefs (10-7-1-2). Game time is 9:05 p.m. CST. 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.