Leavitt Machinery Preview: Game 46 at Medicine Hat
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (17-20-6-2) continue their weekend trip through the Central Division tonight against the Medicine Hat Tigers (24-18-4-0). Last night, the Raiders opened their jaunt with a 5-1 win over the Rebels in Red Deer. Vojtech Budik had a pair of first-period goals to get the scoring started. Jeremy Masella netted his first goal with the Raiders to make it a 3-0 game. In the second, Jordy Stallard scored his team-leading 13th power-play goal to put the Raiders up four. Parker Kelly rounded out the scoring for the Raiders with a shorthanded goal in the second period. Ian Scott got the start in goal, making 29 saves for his 11th win of the year.
VS. MEDICINE HAT: This is the fourth and final meeting between the Raiders and the Tigers this season. So far, the Raiders have earned five of a possible six points against the Tigers. In their last trip to Medicine Hat, Jordy Stallard had a six-point night to lead the Raiders to a 6-1 win over the Tigers.
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
Power play: Prince Albert – 3/9; Medicine Hat – 2/11
Leading scorers: Prince Albert – Jordy Stallard (3g-5a); Medicine Hat – Mark Rassell (3g-1a)
BUDIK’S BIG NIGHT: Defenceman Vojtech Budik was an offensive catalyst on Friday night, scoring twice and adding an assist in the Raiders’ 5-1 win. It was the second three-point night of the Buffalo Sabres draft pick’s career. His previous three-point effort was a three-assist night on February 15, 2017 against Brandon. Friday was also the first multi-goal game of the Czech import’s WHL career.
POWER-PLAY PROFICENCY: Jordy Stallard’s 13th power-play goal kept him near the top of the WHL in that category. The Winnipeg Jets draft pick is in a four-way tie for second in the league in power-play goals. Only Moose Jaw’s Jayden Halbgewachs has scored more goals on the man advantage this season.
SHORTHANDED SUCCESS: Parker Kelly tallied his third shorthanded goal of the season on Friday night to take over the team lead. The Ottawa Senators prospect now has five shorthanded goals in his career. Friday was also the second consecutive game that the Raiders scored shorthanded, following Jordy Stallard’s goal against Regina on Wednesday.
NEXT UP: The Raiders conclude their Alberta road trip on Sunday evening in Calgary against the Hitmen (14-26-5-1). Game time is 5 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.