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Game Preview: Raiders at Vancouver

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RAIDER REVIEW: The Prince Albert Raiders (5-14-1-0) begin the home stretch of their road trip tonight at the Langley Events Centre against the Vancouver Giants.  Last night in Victoria, the Raiders fell 3-1 to the Royals at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Jared Dmytriw got the Royals on the board first with a power-play goal. Loch Morrison responded with a power-play goal of his own for the Raiders in the second period. In the third, Matthew Phillips deflected a puck in front of the net and Tyler Soy scored into the empty cage to give the Royals the win. Nicholas Sanders made 27 saves in the loss for the Raiders. Griffen Outhouse stopped 25 shots to earn the win for the Royals.

VS. VANCOUVER: The Raiders take on the Giants for the first and only time this season. Last year, the Raiders came out on top of an offensive showdown in a 5-4 shootout win over the Giants at the Art Hauser Centre. Reid Gardiner, Simon Stransky, Sean Montgomery and Luke Coleman all scored in regulation for the Raiders. Gardiner sealed the game with the lone goal in the shootout. The Raiders were shutout 3-0 the last time they visited Vancouver.

2015-16 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE

Oct. 2/15 at PA |PA 5 VAN 4 (SO) | S. Montgomery (1g), D. Odgers (1g-1a), L. Coleman (1g)

Goalies: PA – I. Scott (29 saves); VAN – P. Lee (32 saves)

RECENT HISTORY: The Raiders have had some success against the Giants over the past five seasons, winning three of the five contests between the two teams. All three of those wins have come either in overtime or a shootout. The Raiders’ last win in Vancouver came on October 13, 2010 as they prevailed 5-3 at the Pacific Coliseum.

POWER PLAY SURGE: The Raiders have improved with the man advantage over the last four games. In those contests, they have picked up four power-play goals to increase their total to 11 on the season.

BLUE LINE OFFENCE: When Loch Morrison scored on the power play on Tuesday night in Victoria, he was just the second Raiders defenceman to score this season. He joins Brendan Guhle, who has two power-play markers. In total, the defensive core has three goals and 21 assists this season.

DOUBLE CENTURY: Raiders defenceman Brendan Guhle’s next game in the lineup with the Raiders will be the 200th of his WHL career. The Sherwood Park, AB product was drafted in the first round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Raiders. Since then, the Buffalo Sabres draft pick has 17 goals and 57 assists in his 199 WHL games.

WEEKNIGHT WIN: The Raiders are searching for their first weeknight win of the season when they visit the Giants on Wednesday night. They have lost all five of their games not played on weekends.

NEXT UP: The Raiders play the last game of their B.C. road trip on Friday night at the CN Centre against the Prince George Cougars. Puck drop is 9 p.m. CST. The Raiders return home to the Art Hauser Centre on Wednesday, November 23 when they host the Swift Current Broncos, followed by Saskatchewan Rush Night on Friday, November 25’s home game against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Both home contests begin at 7 p.m.

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