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Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 40 vs. Red Deer

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (14-17-6-2) host the Red Deer Rebels (10-21-6-2) tonight at the Art Hauser Centre. Last night, the Raiders defeated the Kootenay ICE 7-3 to open a three-in-three weekend. Brayden Pachal and Regan Nagy both had a pair of goals. Jordy Stallard, Brett Leason, and Parker Kelly also found the back of the net in the win that snapped a five-game losing streak. Ian Scott made 21 saves in the win for the Raiders.

VS. RED DEER: This is the first game between the Raiders and the Rebels this season. Last season, the Raiders won one of the four matchups. Red Deer won both games at the Art Hauser Centre.

2016-17 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE

Oct. 22/16 at RD | RD 3 PA 1 | J. Mahura (1g-1a), N. Sanders (32 saves), B. Hagel (1g-1a)

Jan. 13/17 at PA | RD 4 PA 3 | M. Spacek (1g-1a), M. Martin (1a), A. Musil (1g)

Jan. 20/17 at RD | PA 3 RD 2 | J. Stallard (1g-2a), M. Spacek (1g-1a), N. Sanders (40 saves)

Feb. 3/17 at PA | RD 6 PA 3 | M. Spacek (2g), E. Polei (2g-1a), S. Montgomery (1g)

Power play: Prince Albert – 4/17; Red Deer – 6/18

Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Jordy Stallard (1g-4a); Red Deer – Lane Zablocki (4g-5a)

ADDING McDONALD: The Raiders acquired 1998-born centreman Kody McDonald and a conditional third or fourth pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft from the Prince George Cougars on Saturday morning in exchange for defencemen Rhett Rhinehart and Austin Crossley, as well as the Raiders’ first-round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. The Raiders still own the Cougars’ first-round pick in this year’s draft. McDonald has 19 goals and 17 assists in 35 games this season. For more on the trade, visit raiderhockey.com.

BUDIK RETURNS: Defenceman Vojtech Budik wrapped up his campaign at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship on Friday afternoon as the Czech Republic lost 9-3 to the United States in the bronze medal game. Budik played in all seven games for the Czech squad this year, finishing the tournament with five assists.

MAKING THEIR POINTS: Newly acquired Regan Nagy and Jeremy Masella both found the scoresheet on Friday night in their first game with the Raiders. Nagy potted a pair of goals, while Masella picked up an assist.

ROSTER NEWS: The Raiders have released overager Devon Skoleski. The Raiders’ roster now sits at two goaltenders, seven defenceman, and 13 forwards.

NEXT UP: The Raiders hit the road for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre. Game time is 7 p.m. The next home game for the Raiders is on Friday, January 12 when the Swift Current Broncos visit the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.

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