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Game Preview: Raiders at Calgary

RAIDER REVIEW: The Prince Albert Raiders (3-7-1-0) finish off their three-game Alberta road trip this afternoon in Calgary against the Hitmen (3-4-1-0). The Raiders have dropped the first two games of the trip. Last night, they fell 3-1 to the Rebels in Red Deer. Tim Vanstone got the Raiders on the board in the third period, deflecting Vojtech Budik’s shot into the Rebels’ net. Nicholas Sanders had a stellar performance in his Raiders debut, stopping 32 of 35 shots fired his way.

VS. CALGARY: This is the first meeting of the 2016-17 season between the Raiders and the Calgary Hitmen. The Raiders dropped three of their four games against the Hitmen last season, including both matchups at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

2015-16 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE

Nov. 4/15 at PA| PA 3 CGY 2 | R. Gardiner (2g), J. Stukel (1g), J. Tkatch (2a)

Nov. 24/15 at PA | CGY 4 PA 2 | J. Stukel (2g-1a), C. Twarynski (1g), S. Montgomery (1g)

Dec. 3/15 at CGY | CGY 6 PA 1 | P. Karnaukhov (1g-1a), J. Bean (1g), C. Porter (18 saves)

Jan. 29/16 at CGY | T. Mrkonjic (2g-1a), J. Stukel (1g-1a), N. Amundrud (28 saves)

 

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Scotiabank Saddledome will be a busy place for friends and family of the Prince Albert Raiders. Heading into Sunday’s game, six players from Calgary are on the Raiders roster, which includes Zack Hayes, Spencer Moe, Sean Montgomery, Nicholas Sanders, Ian Scott, and Dylan Williamson.

ROAD WOES: Although the Raiders have plenty of Calgarians on their roster, it hasn’t been a friendly place to play. The Raiders sport a 2-6-0-2 record in Calgary during the last five seasons. The Raiders’ last win in Calgary was on Nov. 26, 2014, earning a 2-1 victory on goals from Reid Gardiner and Gage Quinney.

U16 UPDATE: Rhett Rhinehart and Team Alberta will challenge Team B.C. for the gold medal at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. B.C. edged Team Saskatchewan 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, sending Raiders prospects Adam Herold, Luc Marleau and Eric Pearce to the bronze medal game. Both games will be contested on Sunday afternoon in Calgary.

NEXT UP: The Raiders return to the Art Hauser Centre for their next two games. Up first is the Spokane Chiefs on Friday, October 28. Puck drop is 7 p.m. The following night sees the Saskatoon Blades travel north to Prince Albert for a 7 p.m. start. For tickets, click here or call 306-764-5348.

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