Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 36 vs. Saskatoon
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (13-15-5-2) close out their home and home series with the Saskatoon Blades (16-17-2-1) tonight at the Art Hauser Centre. Last night, the Raiders were doubled up by the Blades 4-2 at SaskTel Centre. Brett Leason and Devon Skoleski scored less than a minute apart in the first period, but it was the only shots the Raiders got past goaltender Nolan Maier. Ian Scott made 38 saves in a losing effort.
VS. SASKATOON: This is the fourth of eight meetings between the Raiders and the Blades. The Raiders have won four straight game against Saskatoon at the Art Hauser Centre, outscoring the Blades 18-9 in that span.
2017-18 SEASON SERIES RECAP
Oct. 21/17 at PA | PA 4 SAS 3 (OT) | P. Kelly (2g), C. Wouters (1g,1a), J. Stallard (1g-1a)
Dec. 10/17 at SAS | SAS 3 PA 2 | N. Maier (34 saves), J. Stallard (1g), A. Zawatsky (GWG)
Dec. 27/17 at SAS | SAS 4 PA 2 | C. Hebig (2g), B. Shmyr (3a), I. Scott (38 saves)
Dec. 28/17 at PA
Feb. 2/18 at PA
Feb. 10/18 at SAS
March 16/18 at PA
March 17/18 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 3/13; Saskatoon – 2/10
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Max Martin (4a); Saskatoon – Three players tied (4 pts)
MAXIMUM EFFORT: With a pair of assists on Wednesday, Max Martin jumped to fifth in team scoring with five goals and 14 helpers. The Winnipeg, MB product has points in four of his last five games. Martin leads the team in scoring against the Saskatoon Blades this season, picking up four assists in three contests.
STREAKS SNAPPED: Forwards Cole Fonstad and Jordy Stallard had their matching nine-game point streaks ended on Wednesday night in Saskatoon. Fonstad had three goals and eight assists in that span, while Stallard scored eight times and added two assists. Brett Leason now has the longest active point streak on the team, which now sits at three games following his goal on Wednesday.
POWER-PLAY PROWESS: With a power-play goal on Wednesday, the Raiders have now scored a goal on the power play in three straight games. The Raiders’ home power-play percentage is 22.9 as they look to keep the streak going tonight.
NEXT UP: The Raiders close out the 2017 calendar year on Saturday night when the Regina Pats visit the Art Hauser Centre to open a home-and-home series. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348. The return matchup is on New Year’s Day in Regina at 7 p.m.