Raiders Sock It To Kootenay
Prince Albert, SK – Brayden Pachal and Regan Nagy both scored a pair of goals as the Raiders (14-17-6-2) downed the Kootenay ICE (18-20-3-0) 7-3 on Friday night at the Sock Hop at the Art Hauser Centre.
The pair of ex-Royals led the offensive efforts as the Raiders ended their five-game losing streak.
It didn’t take long for the Raiders to get on the board. Jordy Stallard notched his 27th goal of the season 34 seconds in the game to put Prince Albert up 1-0. However, the ICE tied it less than a minute later when Colton Veloso beat Ian Scott with a wrister.
Midway through the period, the Raiders regained their lead and never looked back. Pachal scored his first of the game when he squeezed a puck through McGovern to give the Raiders a 2-1 lead after the first.
In the second, Brett Leason extended the Raiders’ lead with a shorthanded marker, going backhand-forehand to beat McGovern at the 7:30 mark. That was the end of the McGovern’s evening. The ICE’s goaltender made 11 saves before being pulled.
The Raiders kept scoring in the third. Parker Kelly kicked the puck from his skate to his stick and beat Bailey Brkin 1:05 into the frame. Pachal tallied his second goal of the game at the 2:37 mark when he buried a second-chance opportunity in front of Kootenay’s net.
The ICE mounted a brief comeback. Veloso scored his second goal of the game at the 3:18 mark to make it a 5-2 game. Then, Jonathan Smart solved Scott on a shorthanded breakaway to bring Kootenay back within two.
Nagy squashed any hopes of a comeback with a highlight-reel goal, cutting in-between two Kootenay defenders and roofing the puck over Bailey with 5:01 remaining. The overager added his second goal of the game with three seconds remaining. Kaiden Guhle set up Nagy’s second goal, picking up his first career WHL point.
Scott finished the game with 21 saves in the win. In relief, Brkin made 12 saves for Kootenay and was saddled with the loss.
The Raiders will try to string some wins together when the Red Deer Rebels visit the Art Hauser Centre on Saturday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.