Brandon, MB – The Prince Albert Raiders (20-13-4-1) tested Jiri Patera of the Brandon Wheat Kings (18-17-1-2), but weren’t able to find the back of the net on Friday night at Westoba Place
The Raiders fell 1-0 to the Wheat Kings in Brandon. Patera kept the Raiders at bay with a 29-save shutout. Chad Nychuk scored the lone goal of the game midway through the second period.
Justin Nachbaur paced the Raiders with four shots on goal. Ozzy Wiesblatt and Landon Kosior each had three shots.
The Raiders were able to get past early penalty trouble through the first period, killing off all three of their minor penalties on the evening. Even though they were on the penalty kill for about a third of the opening period, the Raiders outshot the Wheaties 11-7.
In the second, the Raiders got their first chance on the power play but were unable to solve Patera.
Midway through the period, the Wheat Kings opened the scoring. Ben McCartney put a shot towards goal from the left wing. He put a shot on goal that found the stick of a cutting Chad Nychuk that tipped the puck through Boston Bilous to give Brandon a 1-0 lead.
Late in the second, Justin Nachbaur had a chance on an odd-man rush. He was given some space to shoot, but wasn’t able to beat Jiri Patera.
In the third, the Raiders continued to press for the equalizer. The best chance of the period came when Ozzy Wiesblatt danced around the offensive zone. He ended up at the side of the goal and got the puck behind Patera. As he tried to punch it in, Connor Gutenberg was able to sweep it out of the blue paint to keep it out of the net.
The Raiders were called for two penalties in the final 7:53 of the contest, stalling the push for an equalizer.
With the net empty for the final minute of the game, Nachbaur had a chance in the slot but the puck bounced over his stick as he tried to settle it down for his attempt on goal.
Bilous finished the game with 20 saves in the loss for the Raiders.
The Raiders continue their road trip tomorrow night in Winnipeg against the ICE at Wayne Fleming Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The trip ends on Sunday as the Raiders and ICE square off again for a 6 p.m. game. Head to The Rock And Iron Sports Bar to catch both games, or listen on 900 CKBI.