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Game Preview – Game 17 at Edmonton

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (11-2-3-0) head to Edmonton to face off with the Oil Kings (12-1-3-0) at Rogers Place in the first meeting between the two teams since last year’s Eastern Conference Championship. On Saturday, the Raiders knocked off the Warriors 5-1 in Moose Jaw. Aliaksei Protas had two goals and two assists in the win. Carter Serhyenko earned his second career win with 32 saves.

2018-19 SEASON SERIES vs. EDMONTON
Dec. 12/18 at PA | 6-5 OTW Nov. 28/18 at EDM | 6-3 W
Feb. 1/19 at PA | 6-3 L Feb. 4/19 at EDM | 5-1 W
Leader: N. Gregor (2g-6a) Leader: T. Fix-Wolansky (5g-2a)
PA PP: 4/19 (21.1%) EDM PP: 4/16 (25.0%)
TEAM LEADERS
Goals — Aliaksei Protas (12)
Assists — Ozzy Wiesblatt (15)
Points — Aliaksei Protas (26)
Power-Play Goals — Aliaksei Protas (3)
Shorthanded Goals — Aliaksei Protas (1)
Game-Winning Goals — Aliaksei Protas (4)
Plus/Minus — Aliaksei Protas (+22)
Wins — Boston Bilous (9)
Goals-Against Average — Carter Serhyenko (1.20)

TOP OF THE TABLE: Aliaksei Protas’ four-point night on Saturday put him at the top of the WHL scoring race with 26 points. It was also the first four-point night for the Capitals prospect. Now with 12 goals on the season, the Belarusian import has surpassed his goal total from his rookie season last year. Protas is currently riding a five-game point streak with six goals and five assists in that span.

CLINCHER: Another WHL category that Aliaksei Protas leads is game-winning goals. The centreman has four game winners this season.

FIFTY TIMES: Boston Bilous’ next appearance between the pipes for the Raiders will be the 50th of his WHL career.  Bilous has a career 17-15-5-1 record with a 3.32 goals-against average, a 0.871 save percentage, and three shutouts. Since joining the Raiders, the Langley, BC product has a 14-1-4-0 record in 23 games, posting a 2.37 GAA and a 0.901 save percentage.

SET-UP MAN: With two assists on Saturday, Ozzy Wiesblatt moved to fifth in the WHL in assists with 15 this season. The 2020 NHL Draft eligible player has three games with two or more assists this season and five in his WHL career.

BACK TO BACK: The Raiders power play is starting to heat up. With a power-play goal on Saturday, the Raiders recorded goals in back-to-back games with the man advantage for the second time this season.

WORLD U-17 UPDATE: Nolan Allan and Canada Red fell 4-2 to Sweden on Monday night in Swift Current to make their record 1-1. Canada Red wraps up the group stage tonight against Finland. Game time is 7 p.m.

LAST FIVE NEXT FIVE
4-3 L at POR, Oct. 23/19 Nov. 6/19 at Calgary
3-2 SOW at TC, Oct. 25/19 Nov. 8/19 vs. Brandon
4-1 W at SPO, Oct. 26/19 Nov. 9/19 vs. Red Deer
6-3 W vs. REG, Nov. 1/19 Nov. 16/19 at Regina
5-1 W at MJ, Nov. 2/19 Nov. 17/19 vs. Calgary

NEXT UP: The Raiders head to Calgary tomorrow night to tangle with the Hitmen (8-5-1-0). Game time is 8 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game is Friday night when the Brandon Wheat Kings (7-10-0-0) visit the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Raiders Office and online here.

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