Prince Albert, SK – Austin Glover let the teddy bears loose, but the Prince Albert Raiders (6-23-1-0) fell 7-3 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period after two goals from Jayden Halbgewachs and one from Tanner Jeannot.
Just 32 seconds into the middle frame, Glover potted a rebound on Simon Stransky’s shot to make it a 3-1 game and let the fans throw their stuffed animals onto the ice. Three minutes later, Tim Vanstone found a puck that hit him in the crease and swept the puck into the goal to make it a 3-2 game. Midway through the period, Noah Gregor tacked on a power-play goal for the Warriors to give the visitors a 4-2 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
In the third, Jeannot netted his second goal of the game 2:25 into the period. That score held until the 11:02 mark of the frame when Spencer Moe notched his first career WHL goal, wiring a shot past Zach Sawchenko off of a faceoff win by Cole Fonstad.
Gregor and Brett Howden added goals in the final five minutes to make it a 7-3 final.
Ian Scott got the start for the Raiders, making 25 saves in the loss. Sawchenko stopped 41 Raider shots to pick up the win.
The Raiders and Warriors complete their home-and-home series on Saturday night in Moose Jaw at Mosaic Place. Puck drop is 7 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game is Tuesday, December 13 against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Santa Anonymous Night presented by the Prince Albert Optimist Club. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped present for donation to the Salvation Army. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, at the Raider Office or by calling 306-764-5348.