Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 51 vs. Saskatoon
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (20-20-8-2) take on the Saskatoon Blades (25-24-2-1) in a pivotal matchup in the push for the playoffs. In their last game, the Raiders picked up a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday night. Justin Nachbaur, Curtis Miske, and Eric Pearce all scored for the Raiders in the game. The Raiders now have at least a point in six straight games, with four wins over that stretch. Ian Scott made his fifth straight start between the pipes, making 19 saves in the overtime loss.
VS. SASKATOON: This is the fifth of eight games between the Raiders and the Blades this season. In the last contest at the Art Hauser Centre, the Raiders fell 6-4 to the visitors.
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 | SAS 6 PA 4 | J. Paterson (3g-1a), B. Shmyr (2g-3a), P. Kelly (1g)
Feb. 2/18 at PA
Feb. 10/18 at SAS
March 16/18 at PA
March 17/18 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 4/16; Saskatoon – 3/11
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Max Martin (4a); Saskatoon – Braylon Shmyr (2g-7a)
MAKING PROGRESS: With a point in Tuesday night’s overtime loss to the Red Deer Rebels, the Raiders have surpassed their of 49 points from last season. At this point in the schedule last year, the Raiders had 27 points.
JANUARY WRAP: The Raiders finished with a 7-3-3-0 record in January, earning 15 points in the standings. Jordy Stallard led the team in points with 16 in the 13 games. Vojtech Budik and Curtis Miske were close behind with 15 points.
LEASON’S LEAP: With a pair of assists on Tuesday that extended his point streak to three games, Brett Leason set a new career high in points. The Calgary product has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 38 games with the Raiders this season, passing his total of 18 points in 68 games with the Tri-City Americans last year. Before being acquired by the Raiders in October, Leason had a goal in 12 games for the Americans.
STRINGING TOGETHER: With a goal on Tuesday night, Eric Pearce recorded a point in back-to-back games for the first time in his WHL career. The rookie from Regina had an assist on Saturday against Edmonton.
NEXT UP: The Raiders hit the road tomorrow night to take on the Regina Pats (26-22-5-0) at the Brandt Centre. Game time is 7 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game is on Wednesday night against the Kootenay ICE. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.