Prince Albert, SK – Sean Montgomery scored two third-period goals to lift the Prince Albert Raiders (1-1-0-0) to a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades (2-2-0-0) in WHL Pre-season action at the Art Hauser Centre on Friday night.
Montgomery’s goals came five minutes apart in the final frame, both beating Blades goaltender Joel Grzybowski.
The Raiders opened the scoring early in the first period. Carson Miller notched his first of the pre-season 2:18 into the frame. That lead held until the 5:05 mark of the second. Seth Bafaro solved Curtis Meger with a one-time blast on a four-on-three power play.
After Montgomery gave the Raiders a 3-1 with 4:35 left in the game, the Blades made things interesting. Josh Paterson scored a power-play goal with 55 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 3-2. However, the Raiders’ defence held for the final minute to preserve the win.
Curtis Meger stopped 20 shots in the Raiders’ win, picking up his third career pre-season win in the process. Grzybowksi took the loss for the Blades, making nine saves.
The Raiders head to Warman on Saturday night in a rematch against the Blades. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at the Legends Centre. The next Raiders’ home game is on Saturday, September 16 against the Regina Pats in the final game of the WHL Pre-season. Game time is 7 p.m.
The 2017-18 WHL Regular Season opens on Friday, September 22 when the Raiders host the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the Raider Office.