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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (39-5-0-2) continue their BC Division road trip tonight at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena against the Victoria Royals (23-19-1-0). On Saturday, the Raiders suffered their first defeat of the trip with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place. Dante Hannoun and Parker Kelly both had a goal and an assist. Spencer Moe chipped in two assists as well. Aliaksei Protas also had a goal. Ian Scott stopped 27 shots in the loss.
VS. VICTORIA: This is the only time the Raiders and Royals square off this season. Last year, the Raiders downed the Royals 4-3 at the Art Hauser Centre. Jordy Stallard, Max Martin, and Devon Skoleski each had a goal and an assist. Cole Fonstad scored the Raiders’ other goal. The Raiders’ last win in Victoria came on January 29, 2013 in a 6-5 shootout game. Leon Draisaitl scored the winning goal in the shootout.
VS. BC DIVISION: This is the fourth of five games against the BC Division this year. The Raiders are 2-0-0-1 against the division this year with wins over the Kamloops Blazers and Prince George Cougars. Last season, the Raiders posted a 3-1-1 record against the division last year by beating the Blazers, Cougars, and Royals at the Art Hauser Centre.
HEATING UP: Dante Hannoun is fitting in well with his new teammates. The overager from Delta has a point in six of his eight games with the Raiders, scoring three goals and adding four assists. Those three goals have come over the past four games, including markers in back-to-back contests.
MIGHTY MOE: Spencer Moe recorded his first multi-point night of the season on Saturday night with two assists. Those two helpers gave the Calgary product a new career high with 14 this season, surpassing last year’s total in 28 fewer games. Since the New Year, Moe has six assists in nine games. With six goals to go along with his assists, Moe is two points away from tying his career-best total of 22 set last season.
CENTRAL SCOUTING: Forwards Brett Leason and Aliaksei Protas were featured on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings, which were released on Monday morning. Leason was ranked 17th among North American skaters, while Protas factored in at 77th on the same list. Leason is fourth in league scoring with 31 goals and 42 assists in 39 games this season. Protas is tied for fourth in rookie scoring with nine goals and 20 assists in 39 games.
TRADING PARTNERS: The Raiders and the Royals know each other better than other cross-conference matchups. In the past two years, the teams have linked up for four trades feature players in tonight’s game. Joining the Raiders from the Royals were Noah Gregor, Dante Hannoun, Jeremy Masella, and Brayden Pachal. Heading to The Garden City from Prince Albert were D-Jay Jerome, Kody McDonald, and Carson Miller.
NEXT UP: The Raiders finish off their games against the BC Division on Thursday night in Langley against the division-leading Vancouver Giants (29-12-2-0). Game time is 9:30 p.m. CST and will be broadcasted on Sportsnet. The Raiders return to the Art Hauser Centre for games against the Edmonton Oil Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, respectively. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com and the Raider Office.