Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 55 at Saskatoon
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (22-21-9-2) continue their three-in-three with a crucial matchup for playoff positioning against the Saskatoon Blades (26-26-2-1) at the SaskTel Centre. Last night, the Raiders fell 5-1 to the Swift Current Broncos at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex. The Broncos jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period on two goals from Glenn Gawdin and single markers from Giorgio Estephan. After Kaden Elder increased the Broncos’ lead early in the second, Justin Nachbaur scored the lone Raiders’ goal late in the frame. Curtis Meger, who made his first start since January 17, made 30 saves in the loss.
VS. SASKATOON: This is the sixth time the Raiders and Blades have squared off this season. The Raiders won the last meeting 5-2 at the Art Hauser Centre last week.
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 | PA 5 SAS 2 | P. Kelly (2g), C. Fonstad (1g-1a), B. Leason (1g)
Feb. 10/18 at SAS
March 16/18 at PA
March 17/18 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 5/23; Saskatoon – 3/13
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Parker Kelly (5g); Saskatoon – Braylon Shmyr (2g-7a)
NO POINT: For the first time since January 17, the Raiders failed to record a point from their result last night. The Raiders had a nine-game point streak heading into the game, compiling a record of 6-0-3 to make up 15 points in the standings and catch the Saskatoon Blades for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
MISKE’S STREAK STALLED: Curtis Miske had his career-long 11-game point streak snapped in Friday night’s 5-1 loss to the Broncos. Over the course of the streak, the Raiders’ captain scored seven goals and added 11 assists to increase his point total to 44 on the season. The streak helped Miske eclipse his career high point total from last season.
MAGIC OF THE NUMBER 3: The Raiders have been trying to get past the number three all season. When scoring three or fewer goals, the Raiders have lost 20 games in regulation. When scoring four or more, the Raiders have 18 wins.
NEXT UP: The Raiders return to the Art Hauser Centre on Sunday afternoon to host the Swift Current Broncos. Game time is 4 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.