Prince Albert, SK – In their first game at the Art Hauser Centre in nearly two weeks, the Prince Albert Raiders (5-17-1-0) came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 game against the Swift Current Broncos (13-7-2-4) on Wednesday night.
The Raiders came out flying in the first period, registering the first 12 shots on goal. Despite the pressure, they weren’t able to solve Broncos netminder Taz Burman in the opening 20 minutes. At the other end of the rink, Nicholas Sanders made a couple strong saves while not seeing much of the puck in the first.
Early in the second, newly-acquired Bronco Ryan Graham wired a shot past Sanders to open the scoring. The Raiders responded on a power play with 7:46 to play in the frame. Cavin Leth picked the far corner from the top of the faceoff circle to make it a 1-1 game heading into the third.
In that final period, Ryan Graham notched his second of the game to put the Broncos up 2-1 with 7:50 to play. Max Lajoie added an empty net goal with 17 seconds remaining to wrap up the scoring.
Sanders made 28 saves in the loss for the Raiders, but his stellar performance between the pipes earned him the game’s second star. Burman made 33 saves to pick up the win, with 17 of those coming in the opening period.
Up next for the Raiders is a game against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre. Friday’s game is Saskatchewan Rush Night with the Raiders wearing special jerseys that blend the brands of the two sports franchises. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available online, the Raider Office or by calling 306-764-5348.