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Leavitt Machinery Preview – Game 58 at Brandon

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (23-23-9-2) head to Brandon tonight for the second half of their home-and-home series against the Wheat Kings at Westoba Place (30-22-3-2). The Raiders took the first leg 5-2 at the Art Hauser Centre on Friday night. Brett Leason and Regan Nagy scored first-period goals to give the Raiders the lead in a game in which they never trailed. After Brandon got back within one, Zack Hayes tallied the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period. The Wheat Kings got back within one shortly after, but Vojtech Budik and Kody McDonald each found the back of the net to give the Raiders the win. Curtis Meger earned his first win since January 13 by making 18 saves.

VS. BRANDON: This is the fifth meeting of the year and last game between the teams in Brandon. The Raiders own a 0-1-1-0 record in Brandon this season.

2017-18 SEASON SERIES RECAP

Oct. 14/17 at BDN| BDN 5 PA 3 | S. Mattheos (1g-1a), J. Stallard (2 PPG), T. Kaspick (3a)

Oct. 15/17 at BDN | BDN 6 PA 5 OT | T. Lewis (1g-2a), C. Fonstad (2g-1a), G. Wegleitner (1g-1a)

Oct. 27/17 at PA | PA 4 BDN 1 | I. Scott (34 saves), P. Kelly (2g), J. Stallard (1g-1a)

Feb. 16/18 at PA | PA 5 BDN 2 | K. McDonald (1g-2a), P. Kelly (2a), Z. Hayes (GWG)

Feb. 17/18 at BDN

Feb. 27/18 at PA

Power play: Prince Albert –4/14 Brandon – 5/13

Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Cole Fonstad (3g-5a); Brandon – Ty Lewis, Stelio Mattheos (3g-3a)

WINNER WINNER: Zack Hayes’ goal at the 3:01 mark of the third period during Friday night’s win over the Wheat Kings was the first game winner of his WHL career. The Calgary-born defenceman’s goal also established a new career high in goals (three) and points (13).

HOMECOMING: Overager Jordy Stallard will play his final WHL game in his hometown on Saturday night when he takes to the ice at Westoba Place. In his WHL career split between the Raiders and the Calgary Hitmen, the Brandonite has seven goals and seven assists in 13 assists against his hometown team. This season, the Winnipeg Jets draft pick has three goals and four assists in four games against the Wheat Kings.

DOUBLE DEFENCE: Friday night’s game was the first time since January 27 when multiple defenceman scored in the same game for the Raiders. On that night, it was also Zack Hayes and Vojtech Budik to find the back of the net.

NEXT UP: The Raiders return home on Monday, February 19 for the annual Family Day Game against the Regina Pats. Puck drop is at 4 p.m. For all of the details surrounding our Family Day game, click here.

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