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Game Preview – Pre-season Game 2 at Saskatoon

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders play their first road game of the WHL Pre-season tonight when they battle the Saskatoon Blades in Warman at The Legends Centre. On Wednesday night, the Raiders won their exhibition opener 4-2 over the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Art Hauser Centre. Evan Herman scored twice, while Braydon Clark and Ozzy Wiesblatt added goals. Boston Bilous made 29 saves to pick up the win in his pre-season debut.

2019 WHL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
Wed. Sept. 4/19 vs. Moose Jaw | 4-2 PA
Fri. Sept. 6/19 at Saskatoon (in Warman), 7 PM
Sat. Sept. 7/19 at Moose Jaw, 7 PM
Fri. Sept. 13/19 at Regina, 7 PM
Sat. Sept. 14/19 vs. Regina, 7 PM

TEAM LEADERS (2019 PRE-SEASON)

Goals — Evan Herman (2)

Assists — Five players tied (1)

Points — Evan Herman (2)

Power-Play Goals — None

Shorthanded Goals — Evan Herman (1)

Plus/Minus — Jeremy Masella (+3)

Wins  — Boston Bilous (1)

Goals-Against Average — Boston Bilous (2.35)

MARATHON MASELLA: Defenceman Jeremy Masella was one of two players to dress in all 68 regular season games and 23 WHL Playoffs games last season. In the Raiders’ first game of the WHL Pre-season on Wednesday, the blueliner from Phoenix, AZ had an assist and carried a plus-three rating.

WHL DEBUTS: Six Raiders saw their first ever action in the WHL in Wednesday night’s WHL Pre-season opener: Niall Crocker, Ivan Kechkin, Landon Kosior, Logan Linklater, Adam McNutt, and Ilya Usau. Three of those players – Crocker, Kosior, and Usau – registered a point in their first taste of the WHL.

SHORTHANDED SUCCESS: Scoring a shorthanded goal is nothing new for the Raiders. Last season, the Raiders led the WHL with 23 shorthanded goals during the regular season. They also tied for the league-lead with three shorthanded goals during the WHL Playoffs.

MULTIPLE GOALS: Evan Herman opened the WHL Pre-season with a multiple-goal game. Last season, the Raiders had players score multiple goals in a game 52 times in 68 games. Of those 52 occasions, 48 of those were players scoring two goals in a game. Noah Gregor led the team with 14 multiple-goal games during the regular season,

NEXT UP: The Raiders head to Moose Jaw tomorrow night to take on the Warriors. Game time is 7 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game in the pre-season is on Saturday, Sept. 14 against the Regina Pats. Puck drop is 7 p.m. The Raiders open the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season on Friday, September 20 when they take on the Saskatoon Blades where the team will raise the 2019 WHL Championship banner prior to the game. Single-game tickets are now on sale. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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