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Raiders Come Back In Third, Drop OT Game To Pats

Regina, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders (21-20-9-2) completed the three-goal third-period comeback, but fell 5-4 in overtime to the Regina Pats (27-22-5-0) at the Brandt Centre.

With the loss in extra time, the Raiders picked up a point to bring them into a tie with the idle Saskatoon Blades for the final wild-card spot. The Raiders have also earned at least a point in each of the past eight games with a record of 5-0-3.

The two teams skated to a scoreless first period with much of the credit going to Ian Scott. The Raiders’ goaltender turned aside all 12 shots in the first frame, including a huge stop on Matt Bradley.

In the second, the Pats opened the scoring when Emil Oksanen walked in and beat Scott at the 4:22 mark. Less than a minute later, Sam Steel took advantage of Scott not being able to locate the puck to make it a 2-0 game.

While that goal was being announced, Brett Leason cut into the Pats’ lead. Leason took a pass from Brayden Pachal off the ensuing faceoff and snapped it past Ryan Kubic to get the Raiders on the board.

The Pats restored their two-goal advantage at the 8:06 mark on the power play. Sam Steel snuck a shot through Scott, ending the Raiders streak of games without surrendering a power-play goal at six games. Late in the period, Josh Mahura added another power-play goal to give the Pats a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Raiders came out flying in the third period, forcing Kubic to make some early saves. Regan Nagy put some life into the Raiders’ comeback attempt with 7:30 to play. He got in behind the Pats’ defence and beat Kubic to make it a 4-2 game.

Just 15 seconds later, Parker Kelly’s slap shot from the top of the zone got past Kubic to bring the Raiders back within one.

Late in the period, the Raiders had a great chance to complete the comeback, but were unable to convert on a two-man advantage.

With Scott pulled for the extra attacker, Kody McDonald tied the game when he deflected a point shot past Kubic with 38 seconds remaining.

In overtime, a turnover in the Raiders’ end led to Cameron Hebig taking a feed from Steel and burying it into the empty side of the net.

Scott made 35 saves in a losing effort for the Raiders. Kubic stopped 33 shots for the win.

The Raiders return to the Art Hauser Centre on Wednesday night to take on the Kootenay ICE. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.

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