Leavitt Machinery Preview – Round 1, Game 5 at Moose Jaw
RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders are facing elimination tonight in Game 5 of their best-of-seven WHL Playoffs series against the Moose Jaw Warriors at Mosaic Place. On Wednesday night, the Raiders lost Game 4 of the series by a 2-0 score to fall behind 3-1 in the series. After a tight first period, Justin Almeida opened the scoring late in the second period. The Raiders appeared to tie the game midway through the third when Cole Fonstad buried a rebound off of a Curtis Miske shot. However, the goal was disallowed due to Max Martin making incidental contact with Warriors goaltender Brody Willms. Brayden Burke added an empty-net goal with 15.6 seconds left to round out the scoring. Ian Scott made 21 saves in a losing effort for the Raiders.
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 | MJ 5 PA 4 (OT) | B. Burke (2g-1a), J. Stallard (1g-1a), B. Howden (1g-1a)
Wed. March 28/18 at PA | MJ 2 PA 0 | J. Almeida (GWG), I. Scott (21 saves), B. Willms (32 saves)
Sat. March 31/18 at MJ
Sun. April 1/18 at PA*
Tues. April 3/18 at MJ*
Power play: PA – 3/17; MJ – 2/14
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Jordy Stallard (3g-2a); Moose Jaw – Brett Howden (3g-3a)
GAME 5 REPORT: Since the 1996 WHL Playoffs, which is the as far back as the records go on WHL.ca, the Raiders have a 5-6 record in Game 5s. Their last win in a Game 5 is April 15, 2005 with a double overtime victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers.
STREAK SNAPPED: Regan Nagy had his team-leading four-game point streak snapped in Wednesday night’s shutout loss in Game 4. The overager from Ogema had a goal and two assists for the Raiders this post-season and a goal and an assist in his final WHL Playoffs game with Victoria Royals in 2017.
SHOOTING GALLERY: Cole Fonstad led all players with seven shots in Game 4, accounting for more than 20% of the Raiders’ total. The output nearly doubled his total from the first three games to a team-leading 15 shots.
UP NEXT: If necessary, the series will return to Prince Albert for Game 6 at the Art Hauser Centre on Sunday evening. Puck drop would be at 6 p.m.