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Leavitt Machinery Preview – Round 1, Game 4 at Red Deer

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders have a chance to punch their ticket to Round 2 of the WHL Playoffs tonight in Game 4 of their series against the Red Deer Rebels at The Centrium. In Game 3 last night, the Raiders prevailed 4-2 over the Rebels in Red Deer on Tuesday night. Noah Gregor led the way offensively with a pair of goals. Dante Hannoun and Parker Kelly rounded out the scoring for the Raiders. Ian Scott stopped 14 shots to pick up the win.

VS. RED DEER: The Raiders lead the best-of-seven series three games to none. The Raiders won the regular season series 3-1-0-0, splitting the two matchups in Red Deer.

2019 WHL PLAYOFFS SERIES AT A GLANCE

Game 1 | March 22/19 at PA | PA 3 RD 0 | I. Scott (21 saves), D. Hannoun (GWG), O. Wiesblatt (1g)

Game 2 | March 23/19 at PA | PA 6 RD 4 | A. Protas (2g-1a), S. Sapego (2g-1a), B. Hagel (3g)

Game 3 | March 26/19 at RD | PA 4 RD 2 | N. Gregor (2g), E. Anders (38 saves), D. Hannoun (1g)

Game 4 | March 27/19 at RD

Game 5* | March 29/19 at PA

Game 6* | March 31/19 at RD

Game 7* | Apr. 2/19 at PA

Power play: Prince Albert – 1/11; Red Deer – 3/11

Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Dante Hannoun (2g-3a); Red Deer – Brandon Hagel (4g-1a)

SHORTHANDED STRIKE: After scoring 23 shorthanded goals during the regular season, Dante Hannoun recorded the Raiders’ first goal on the penalty kill this post-season. The goal ended a stretch of 17 games without a shorthanded marker, which is the longest stretch of the year. It was also Hannoun’s first WHL Playoffs shorthanded goal as the overager recorded his 10th career post-season goal.

GREGOR’S GOALS: With a pair of goals on Tuesday, Noah Gregor recorded back-to-back multi-point games. It’s the first time in his WHL career that the San Jose Sharks prospect has recorded consecutive multi-point efforts in the post-season. The Beaumont, AB product leads the current crop of Raiders with 13 career playoff goals.

STARTING STRONG: Noah Gregor’s goal 1:09 into Tuesday night’s game marked the sixth consecutive WHL Playoffs game that the Raiders have opened the scoring, dating back to last season’s opening round series against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Raiders were 44-3-1-1 during the regular season when recording the game’s first goal.

IN THE POSITIVE: Both Max Martin and Sergei Sapego continue to be positive forces on the ice during the 2019 WHL Playoffs. Both players skated to a plus-two rating in Tuesday night’s win over the Rebels. Sapego leads the WHL in plus-minus this post-season with a plus-seven rating. Martin is right behind him with a plus-six after three games.

NEXT UP: If necessary, Game 5 will be in Prince Albert at the Art Hauser Centre on Friday night. For ticket information, visit raiderhockey.com.

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