Medicine Hat, AB – The Prince Albert Raiders (6-0-0-0) started out their Central Division road trip on the right foot on Wednesday night with a 5-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers (1-4-0-1) at the Canalta Centre.
Max Martin led the way with two goals and an assist for the fourth ranked team in the Kia CHL Top 10. Noah Gregor had a pair of assists in his first game with the Raiders. Sean Montgomery also had two helpers in the win.
While Martin found the goal column twice, he set up the Raiders’ first goal 85 seconds into the contest. On a two-on-one rush, he set up Spencer Moe for his first goal of the campaign.
Later in the first, Martin one-timed a Sergei Sapego pass from the point past Jordan Hollett to put the Raiders up 2-0.
Late in the period, the Tigers had their best chance to cut the lead in half. James Hamblin was awarded a penalty shot after a shorthanded breakaway attempt. The Tigers’ captain was turned aside by Ian Scott, who stopped all 10 shots in the first period.
It was more of the same in the second. On a Raiders’ power play, Martin took a pass from Gregor, skated in to the top of the faceoff circle, and wired a shot past Hollett 7:17 into the frame.
Just over a minute later, Gregor made his presence felt again. He found Kelly with a perfect backdoor, backhanded pass at the right of the Tigers’ goal. The Senators signee made no mistake and one-timed the puck into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the year.
In the third, Scott was strong at the start of the period again. He backstopped the Raiders as they killed off a five-on-three shorthanded situation to start the period.
At the six-minute mark, Brett Leason extended the Raiders’ lead to five. He pounced on a rebound at the side of the Tigers’ goal for his third of the year.
Fifteen seconds later, the Tigers broke up Scott’s shutout bid. Elijah Brown got credit for the goal, which rounded out the scoring on the evening.
Brown’s goal was the lone blemish on the evening for Scott. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect and reigning WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week turned aside 25 shots for his fifth win of the year. Hollett made 23 saves in a losing effort for the Tigers.
Up next for the Raiders is a matchup against the Lethbridge Hurricanes – the third ranked team in the Kia CHL Top 10 – on Friday night at the Enmax Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Catch the game at The Rock And Iron Sports Bar, the official watch party for all Raider road games.
The next Raiders home game is on Saturday, October 13 against the Red Deer Rebels on Parker Kelly Bobblehead Night presented by Canadian Tire. Tickets are available at the Raider Office and at tickets.raiderhockey.com.
Also coming up at the Art Hauser Centre is Hocktoberfest on Saturday, October 27 when the Regina Pats come to town. For just $35, fans get a ticket to the game, a “Raiderhosen” t-shirt, and a 30 oz. boot stein with one free fill. Game time is 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Raider Office.