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RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders (31-25-9-2) close out their four-game homestand tonight against the Calgary Hitmen (21-36-8-2) at the Art Hauser Centre. Last night, the Raiders extended their winning streak to eight games with a 6-4 victory over the WHL-leading Moose Jaw Warriors. Cole Fonstad got the scoring started with a highlight-reel goal in the first period. In the middle frame, Kody McDonald sandwiched a Warriors goal with two of his own to make it 3-1. Then, Jordy Stallard tallied his 17th power-play goal of the year to put the Raiders up 4-1. After Moose Jaw cut into the lead, Curtis Miske scored twice – once in the second and once in the third – to make it a 6-2 game. The Warriors responded with two goals, but it wasn’t enough. Ian Scott made 21 saves to earn his 23rd win of the season.
VS. CALGARY: This is the final game of the four-game season series between the Raiders and the Hitmen. The Raiders have taken five of a possible six points from Calgary so far this season.
2017-18 SEASON SERIES AT A GLANCE
Sept. 29/17 at PA | PA 6 CGY 5 (OT) | J. Stallard (1g-2a), C. Fonstad (2a), M. Gennaro (2g)
Dec. 1/17 at CGY | PA 5 CGY 3 | P. Kelly (1g-1a), J. Stukel (2g), J. Nachbaur (1g)
Jan. 21/18 at CGY | CGY 4 PA 3 (OT) | R. Stotts (1g-1a), K. McDonald (1g), J. Kryski (2a)
March 10/18 at PA
Power play: Prince Albert – 2/16; Calgary – 1/8
Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Three players tied (4pts each); Calgary – Three players tied (4pts each)
HELPING HANDS: Sergei Sapego has been helping set up the Raiders’ offence during their current streak. The import defenceman from Belarus has an assist in each of the past five games. Sapego has two goals and 13 helpers in 36 games since joining the Raiders in October.
DISHING THEM OUT: Cole Fonstad recorded his 50th assist of the season on Friday night against Moose Jaw. He is the first Raider to pass the 50-assist plateau since Leon Draisaitl during the 2013-14 campaign. Fonstad also has 21 goals to give him 71 points in his NHL Draft season.
MULTIPLE MAN: With a pair of goals on Friday night, Kody McDonald recorded his ninth multi-point game as a Raider. The Lethbridge product now has 15 goals and 14 assists in 28 games in Prince Albert since being acquired from the Cougars. Over the Raiders’ current winning streak, McDonald has been a key contributor with five goals and five assists.
NEXT UP: The Raiders hit the road for back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Regina Pats, respectively. The next Raiders’ home game is on Friday, March 16 in the regular season home finale against the Saskatoon Blades. Tickets are available at tickets.raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office, or by calling 306-764-5348.