Game Preview: Game 68 @ Regina

SETTING IT UP: The Raiders (27-37-3-0) play their final of the season tonight in Regina as they visit the Pats. Prince Albert played their final home game of the season last night against the Moose Jaw Warriors, falling by a 5-3 final. Sloan Stanick scored twice while Niall Crocker added the Raiders’ third goal. Players stayed on the ice after the game to salute the fans who stuck around for the end of the game. The team visits a Regina squad that dropped a 3-2 contest to the Saskatoon Blades last night in Saskatoon, in a preview of a first round playoff matchup. Tonight marks the final WHL game for Landon Kosior and Evan Herman. Keaton Sorensen is sitting the game out with an injury suffered last weekend in Manitoba.

2022-23 Head to Head
October 12, 2022 @ REG | 3-0 L
December 9, 2022 vs REG | 3-2 L
December 30, 2022 vs REG | 4-3 OTL
January 1, 2023 @ REG | 5-2 W
February 17, 2023 vs REG | 6-5 W
March 25, 2023 @ REG
2022-23 Regular Season Leaders
Goals — S. Stanick (28)
Assists — L. Kosior (45)
Points — L. Kosior (62)
Power-Play Goals — K. Sorensen (11)
Game-Winning Goals — Multiple tied (4)
Penalty Minutes — T. Goldsmith (102)
Plus/Minus — K. Sorensen (+5)
Wins — T. Chaika (16)
Goals-Against Average — T. Chaika  (3.29)
Save Percentage — T. Chaika (.894)

FRIDAY RECAP: The Raiders trailed the Warriors 3-0 in the second period, but clawed their way back to tie it. Three powerplay goals, two from Sloan Stanick and another from Niall Crocker, led the comeback late in the third period. However, the Warriors scored twice even later in the final frame to come away with a 5-3 win. The Raiders and their fans saluted their 20-year-olds after the game, with the three stars ceremony and a team photo afterwards.

THE LAST DANCE: Those three 20-year-olds have one last dance tonight. Evan Herman, Landon Kosior, and Keaton Sorensen are playing in their final WHL game tonight. While Sorensen will be sitting tonight out with an injury, Herman and Kosior wrap up their WHL careers tonight. Kosior gets to do so in his hometown of Regina. The three players have combined for 629 games played in the Western Hockey League.

PUTTING THE POWER IN POWERPLAY: Last night’s game showed the Raiders’ capability on the man advantage. The green and gold went 3/5 on the powerplay, rattling three of those goals home in their comeback effort that fell just short. Niall Crocker picked up his tenth powerplay goal of the season. Keaton Sorensen leads the team with 11 powerplay goals this season.

DANGEROUS DUO: While Sloan Stanick scored twice last night, Landon Kosior picked up primary assists on both tallies. The two have been going neck and neck for the team’s scoring race. Kosior currently holds the edge with 62 points, with Stanick trailing by just one point at 61.

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