Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 45 at Red Deer
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (16-20-6-2) open a three-in-three weekend through the Central Division tonight in Red Deer against the Rebels (10-23-8-3). In their last outing, the Raiders were edged 4-3 by the Regina Pats at the Art Hauser Centre. Vojtech Budik opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period, but the Pats responded before the end of the frame. In the second, Curtis Miske found the back of the net. However, Regina responded again to make it 2-2. In the third, Matt Bradley and Jesse Gabrielle each scored a power-play goal to put the Pats up 4-2. Jordy Stallard added a shorthanded goal late, but it wasn’t enough. Curtis Meger made 29 saves in a losing effort for the Raiders.\
VS. RED DEER: This is the second of four contests between the Raiders and the Rebels this season. The Raiders won the first game 2-1 in overtime at the Art Hauser Centre. Last year, the Raiders and Rebels split their two contests played at the Enmax Centrium.
2017-18 SEASON SERIES RECAP
Jan. 6/18 at PA | PA 2 RD 1 (OT) | K. McDonald (GWG), V. Budik (1g-1a), E. Anders (33 saves)
Jan. 19/18 at RD
Jan. 30/18 at PA
Feb. 23/18 at RD
Power play: Prince Albert – 0/2; Red Deer – 0/3
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Vojtech Budik, Kody McDonald (1g-1a); Red Deer – Three players tied (1 pt)
MONTY’S MILESTONE: Centreman Sean Montgomery played in his 250th career WHL game on Wednesday night, all of which have been for the Raiders. The Calgary product was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. In his 250 games, Montgomery has 40 goals and 75 points.
THIRTY-GOAL MAN: Jordy Stallard became the first Raider to hit the 30-goal plateau this season with his shorthanded goal on Wednesday night. The Raiders have now had at least one 30-goal scorer in four of the past five seasons. Wednesday’s goal was also the first shorthanded marker Stallard has scored in his 210-game WHL career.
FITTING IN NICELY: Regan Nagy has made an impact on the scoresheet since being acquired by the Raiders early in January. The overager from Ogema has three multi-point efforts in six games with his new club, including back-to-back two-assist nights. Nagy now has 20 goals and 11 assists in 32 games split between the Raiders and the Royals this year.
NEXT UP: The Raiders head to Medicine Hat to tangle with the Tigers as their three-in-three weekend continues. Game time is 8:30 p.m. CST. The next Raiders’ home game is Friday, January 26 against the Prince George Cougars. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.