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Game Preview – Game 5 vs. Saskatoon

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (3-0-1-0) welcome the Saskatoon Blades (2-3-0-0) to the Art Hauser Centre for the second time this season. On Saturday night, the Raiders edged the Winnipeg ICE 3-2 in overtime. Aliaksei Protas had a goal and an assist, while Ilya Usau also scored in regulation. Jeremy Masella picked up the overtime winner 2:02 into the extra frame. Boston Bilous picked up his third-straight win by stopping 16 shots.

2019-20 SEASON SERIES vs. SASKATOON
Sept. 20/19 at PA | 3-2 OTL Sept. 21/19 at SAS | 1-0 W
Oct. 4/19 at PA Dec. 15/19 at SAS
Dec. 27/19 at PA Dec. 28/19 at SAS
Feb. 29/20 at PA Feb. 28/20 at SAS
Mar. 20/20 at PA Mar. 21/20 at SAS
Leader: A. Protas (1g-1a) Leader: R. Hughes (1g-2a)
TEAM LEADERS
Goals — Aliaksei Protas (3)
Assists — Ozzy Wiesblatt (5)
Points — Aliaksei Protas (7)
Power-Play Goals — Cole Nagy, Aliaksei Protas (1)
Shorthanded Goals — None
Plus/Minus — Ozzy Wiesblatt (+5)
Wins — Boston Bilous (3)
Goals-Against Average — Boston Bilous (1.70)

DIESEL POWERED: Jeremy Masella scored his first regular-season goal in 30 games. His last tally was on January 9 against the Seattle Thunderbirds. It was also the blueliner from Phoenix’s second career game-winning goal and first in overtime.

CLIMBING THE RANKINGS: With three wins in their first four games, the Raiders have been named an honourable mention in the third week of the  Kia CHL Top 10.  The Raiders are one of five WHL teams listed in the Top 10 and honourable mentions.

ON THE BOARD: Centreman Ilya Usau recorded the first point of his WHL career with a goal on Saturday night against the Winnipeg ICE.

MAKING THE CUT: Raiders prospects Graydon Gotaas (Alberta) and Bryce Warkentine (Manitoba were named to their respective province’s teams for the 2019 WHL Cup. The tournament begins on October 23 in Calgary.

ROSTER NEWS:  On Tuesday, the Raiders traded 2002-born forward Cohner Saleski to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for two selections in the WHL Bantam Draft. Sasleki, a Saskatoon product, had not dressed for the Raiders this season. He played five career games with the Raiders, registering an assist.

LAST FIVE NEXT FIVE
3-2 OTW vs. VAN, May 13/19 Oct. 5/19 vs. Regina
3-2 OTL vs. SAS, Sept. 20/19 Oct. 8/19 vs. Vancouver
1-0 W at SAS, Sept. 21/19 Oct. 11/19 vs. Lethbridge
5-2 W at REG, Sept. 27/19 Oct. 12/19 vs. Moose Jaw
3-2 OTW vs. WPG, Sept. 28/19 Oct. 19/19 at Everett

NEXT UP: The Raiders host the Regina Pats (1-3-0-0) as their homestand continues on Saturday. The night is also Ozzy Wiesblatt Bobblehead Night Presented By Canadian Tire. Fans can get their bobblehead for a minimum $2 donation with a limit of one bobblehead per person. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Jumpstart Prince Albert. Tickets are available at the Raiders Office and online here.

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