Regina, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders (4-6-1-1) struck twice on the power play in the first period to kickstart the offence en route to a 4-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos (3-8-1-0) on Saturday night in the Subway Hub Centre at the Brandt Centre in Regina.
Justin Nachbaur had a goal and two assists, while Ozzy Wiesblatt picked up three helpers. Reece Vitelli also had a pair of assists in the Raiders’ win. Dallyn Peekeekoot scored his first WHL goal, while Eric Pearce rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal.
The Raiders got on the board early with a power-play goal just 1:07 into the game. Nachbaur fired a shot on goal from the point that hit Peekeekoot in front then bounced off a Broncos defender and in. It counted as Peekeekoot’s first WHL goal after joining the Raiders’ roster on Tuesday.
With 4:14 to play in the period, the Broncos tied things up. After the Raiders killed off consecutive penalties including a 56-second five-on-three, they iced the puck. On the ensuing faceoff, the Broncos worked it to the point where Sam McGinley put a shot on goal that got past a screened Max Paddock to make it a 1-1 game.
Nachbaur put the Raiders ahead again before the period ended with the team’s second power-play goal of the first frame. Wiesblatt set him up with a one timer that the Cross Lake, MB product blasted past the glove of the Isaac Poulter for his third goal of the season to put the Raiders up 2-1 after the first.
Just 2:57 into the second period, the Raiders extended their lead. Wiesblatt entered the zone on a two-on-one rush, then circled back and drew the attention of the defence. He found Spencer Moe alone in front of the net with a pass. Instead of redirecting it, Moe made a move to his backhand and slid it under Poulter for his first of the season.
The Broncos best chance to cut into the lead in the second period came with about 7:00 to play in the frame. Michael Farren found Mathew Ward with a backdoor feed, but Tayem Gislason got his stick out to block the shot and send it wide.
Swift Current was able to cut into the lead 2:43 into the third period. Josh Filmon forced a turnover at the Broncos’ blueline and set himself up on a breakaway. As he approached the net, he slightly lost control of the puck but still got a shot off that got by Paddock to make it a 3-2 game.
The Raiders were able to defend the lead for the rest of the period, including killing of a penalty with 2:55 remaining in the final period.
Once the penalty expired, Nachbaur sent Pearce into the offensive zone and the Regina product found the empty net to seal the game with 47 seconds remaining. It was Pearce’s team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Paddock stopped 19 shots to pick up his third win of the season for the Raiders. Poulter made 22 saves in the loss for Swift Current.
The Raiders wrap up their Easter weekend slate of games on Monday night when they take on the Brandon Wheat Kings. Puck drop is 8 p.m. Catch the game on WHL Live on CHL TV.