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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (24-25-9-2) continue their Alberta road trip tonight in Red Deer against the Rebels (21-27-10-3) at the ENMAX Centrium. In their last outing, the Raiders opened their trip with an 8-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Brett Leason and Sean Montgomery scored in the first three minutes to set the stage for the rest of the game. After the Hurricanes cut into the lead the Raiders tallied six straight goals to take command of the game. Justin Nachbaur found the back of the net twice, while Curtis Miske, Cole Fonstad, Kody McDonald and Sergei Sapego also found the back of the net. Ian Scott made 35 saves to pick up the win.

VS. RED DEER: This is the final contest of a four-game season series between the Raiders and the Rebels this year. The Raiders hold a 2-0-1-0 record against the Rebels, including a 5-1 win in Red Deer a month ago.

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 | PA 5 RD 1 | V. Budik (2g-1a), P. Kelly (1g-2a), J. Stallard (1g)

Jan. 30/18 at PA | RD 4 PA 3 (OT) | K. Reichel (2g-1a), B. Leason (2a), C. Miske (1g)

Feb. 23/18 at RD

Power play: Prince Albert – 2/8; Red Deer – 1/9

Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Vojtech Budik (3g-3a); Red Deer – Kristian Reichel (2g-1a)

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Wednesday night was the third time this season the Raiders scored seven or more goals in a game. All three of those games have been against teams from the Central Division.

KILLING THEM OFF: The Raiders faced seven or more shorthanded situations and didn’t allow a goal for the third time this season on Wednesday. The previous times were in Medicine Hat (7/7 on Jan. 20) and in Everett (8/8 on Nov. 15).

NACHBAUR NOTCHING POINTS: Justin Nachbaur recorded his second three-point night of the season on Wednesday, scoring twice and adding an assist. This matched his performance on Nov. 10 against the Kootenay ICE. The rookie from Cross Lake, MB has nine goals and eight assists in 54 games this season.

SERGEI’S SNIPE: With a goal in the third period of Wednesday’s game, Sergei Sapego ended a 23-game goalless drought. His last goal was on October 17 against Vancouver, which was also the only other time this year he had a multi-point game. It was also Sapego’s first goal after missing 26 games due to an upper-body injury.

NEXT UP: The Raiders wrap up their Central Division swing in Edmonton on Saturday night against the Oil Kings. Game time is 8 p.m. The Raiders return home on Tuesday, February 27 to wrap up the season series with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.

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