Leavitt Machinery Preview – Round 1, Game 3 vs. Moose Jaw
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders return to the Art Hauser Centre in a 1-1 tie of their best-of-seven series with the Moose Jaw Warriors for Game 3 tonight. In Saturday night’s Game 2, the Raiders fell 3-2 in overtime. Warriors captain Brett Howden scored with 1:05 left in the first and 11 seconds into the second to put his team up 2-0. The Raiders cut the lead in half when Sean Montgomery solved Brody Willms eight minutes into the middle frame. Then at the 4:49 mark of the third, Vojtech Budik found the back of the net on the power play to tie the game and send it to overtime. In the extra frame, Justin Almeida ended the game on a breakaway at the 7:30 mark. Ian Scott had another good game in goal for the Raiders, making 38 saves in the loss.
VS. MOOSE JAW: The Raiders finished the season series with a 3-4-0-1 record against Moose Jaw. However, the Raiders won three of the last four games in the regular season. Jordy Stallard led the Raiders with 11 points in eight games.
RAIDERS-WARRIORS SERIES AT A GLANCE
Fri. March 23/18 at MJ | PA 5 MJ 3 | J. Stallard (2g-1a), C. Fonstad (2g), I. Scott (33 saves)
Sat. March 24/18 at MJ | MJ 3 PA 2 (OT) | B. Howden (2g), V. Budik (1g), J. Almeida (OTG)
Tues. March 27/18 at PA
Wed. March 28/18 at PA
Sat. March 31/18 at MJ
Sun. April 1/18 at PA*
Tues. April 3/18 at MJ*
Power play: PA – 2/8; MJ – 1/9
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Jordy Stallard (2g-1a); Moose Jaw – Brett Howden (2g-1a)
IN THE GOAL COLUMN: Sean Montgomery, the longest serving member of the Raiders, scored the first goal of his WHL Playoff career on Saturday night. The Calgary product has a goal and an assist in the first two games of the series. In the Raiders’ last playoff run, Montgomery had an assist in five games.
VETERAN PRESENCE: Regan Nagy is providing a veteran presence in the locker room and on the scoresheet. Nagy, who leads the Raiders with 31 post-season games, picked up an assist to extended his WHL Playoff scoring streak to three games. Nagy had a goal and an assist in his last playoff game with the Royals.
SCOTT STOPPING: Over the past month, Ian Scott was a key figure during the Raiders’ rise in the standings and into the playoffs. In the 13 games played since February 20, the Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick has won nine times with only one regulation loss. Scott has also posted a 2.52 goals against average to trail only Carter Hart in that category for goalies with more than 500 minutes played.
UP NEXT: The two teams square off again on Wednesday night for a pivotal Game 4 of the best-of-seven opening round series. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.