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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (53-9-2-2) open a regular-season-ending home-and-home series with the Saskatoon Blades (44-14-8-0) tonight at SaskTel Centre. In their last outing, the Raiders blanked the Swift Current Broncos for the third consecutive game by a 6-0 score at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex. Parker Kelly led the way with two goals and an assist. Brett Leason also had a three-point night with a goal and two assists. Sean Montgomery and Sergei Sapego each had a goal and an assist in the win. Noah Gregor also scored in the win, picking up his 40th goal. Ian Scott made 14 saves to earn his eighth shutout of the season.
VS. SASKATOON: The Raiders make their final trip of the regular season to the SaskTel Centre tonight in the seventh game of the season series with the Blades. So far, the Raiders hold a 5-1-0-0 record against Saskatoon this season, including a 2-1-0-0 record at SaskTel Centre.
2018-19 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE
Sept. 30/18 at PA | PA 4 SAS 1 |P. Kelly (1g-1a), B. Leason (2a), I. Scott (28 saves)
Oct. 14/18 at SAS | PA 6 SAS 2 | B. Pachal (1g-2a), P. Kelly (1g-1a), B. Leason (2g-1a)
Dec. 9/18 at SAS | SAS 1 PA 0 | N. Maier (32 saves), I. Scott (26 saves), T. Robins (1g)
Dec. 27/18 at SAS | PA 4 SAS 3 (OT) | B. Pachal (2g), N. Gregor (2g-1a), T. Robins (2a)
Dec. 28/18 at PA | PA 4 SAS 2 | N. Gregor (2g-1a), C. Fonstad (1g-2a), D. Buskey (34 saves)
Jan. 5/19 at PA | PA 5 SAS 2 | N. Gregor (2g-1a), C. Fonstad (1g-2a), B. Leason (2a)
March 15/19 at SAS
March 16/19 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 3/21; Saskatoon – 6/28
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Cole Fonstad (2g-9a); Saskatoon – Dawson Davidson (2g-3a)
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: Ian Scott was named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week and the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week this week. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect had a perfect week, shutting out the Swift Current Broncos three times en route to a 3-0 record. Scott now has a 37-7-1-2 record with eight shutouts, a 1.82 goals-against average and a 0.932 save percentage.
40-GOAL CLUB: With a goal on Sunday in Swift Current, Noah Gregor reached the 40-goal plateau for the first time in his WHL career. Coupled with Jordy Stallard’s 44 goals last year, the Raiders now have consecutive seasons with a 40-goal scorer for the first time since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Paul Healey had 43 goals in the 1994-95 season, while Brad Church (42) and Shane Willis (41) reached the 40-goal plateau in 1995-96.
ASSISTS: With a pair of assists to go along with his goal on Sunday, Brett Leason upped his total to 53 helpers this season. Leason has the most assists in a season by a Raider since Leon Draisaitl notched 67 in the 2013-14 season.
NEXT UP: The Raiders close out the regular season on Saturday in the second leg of the home-and-home series with the Saskatoon Blades on Fan Appreciation Night at the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com and the Raider Office.