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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (2-0-0-0) open a three-in-three weekend tonight when the Medicine Hat Tigers (1-2-0-0) visit the Art Hauser Centre. Last week, the Raiders completed a home-and-home sweep of the Regina Pats with a 3-1 win at the Brandt Centre on Saturday night. Cole Fonstad had two goals and an assist in the win. Brett Leason added a goal and an assist. Ian Scott stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn his 51st career WHL win.
VS. MEDICINE HAT: The Raiders won three of the four meetings against the Tigers last season, including both in Medicine Hat. The lone goal they lost was a game that went to the shootout.
2017-18 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE
Sept. 30/17 at PA | PA 4 MH 2 | P. Kelly (1g), D. Skoleski (1g), C. Meger (30 saves)
Oct. 7/17 at MH | PA 6 MH 1 | J. Stallard (1g-5a), P. Kelly (2g-1a), C. Fonstad (1g-2a)
Dec. 6/17 at PA | MH 5 PA 4 (SO) | M. Rassell (2g-1a), J. Stallard (2g), C. Fonstad (2a)
Jan. 20/18 at MH | PA 3 MH 2 (OT) | V. Budik (OTW), M. Rassell (1g), J. Stallard (2a)
Power play: Prince Albert – 4/10; Medicine Hat – 2/18
Leading scorers: Prince Albert – Jordy Stallard (3g-7a); Medicine Hat – Mark Rassell (4g-1a)
OPENING WEEKEND SWEEP: By knocking off the Regina Pats last weekend, the Raiders jumped out to a 2-0 start to a season for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign. That weekend, the Raiders beat the Saskatoon Blades 5-3 at home before earning a 3-1 win in Saskatoon.
POINT STREAKS: Kody McDonald, Spencer Moe, and Sergei Sapego are currently tied for the longest active point streak on the team at three games, dating back to the 2017-18 regular season. Over that span, Moe has a goal and two assists, McDonald has four assists, and Sapego leads the way with three goals and an assist.
SPREADING OUT THE OFFENCE: Plenty of the Raiders have found the scoresheet early in the season. Fifteen of the 19 skaters that dressed on opening weekend have recorded at least one point. Seven of those players have put up multiple points, led by Cole Fonstad with two goals and three assists over the first two games. Also, six different Raiders have found the back of the net.
ROSTER MOVE: The Raiders released overage goaltender Curtis Meger on Thursday. Meger appeared in 27 games with the Raiders last season, posting a 8-10-5-1 record with a 3.43 goals-against average and a 0.886 save percentage. The Regina product will join the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats.
NEXT UP: The Raiders head to Moose Jaw to take on the Warriors at Mosaic Place on Saturday night. Game time is 7 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game is Sunday evening when the Saskatoon Blades make their first trip to the Art Hauser Centre of the regular season. Tickets are available at the Raider Office or at raiderhockey.com. Puck drop is 6 p.m.