Leavitt Machinery Preview – Round 1, Game 5 at Moose Jaw


RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders are facing elimination tonight in Game 5 of their best-of-seven WHL Playoffs series against the Moose Jaw Warriors at Mosaic Place. On Wednesday night, the Raiders lost Game 4 of the series by a 2-0 score to fall behind 3-1 in the series. After a tight first period, Justin Almeida opened the scoring late in the second period. The Raiders appeared to tie the game midway through the third when Cole Fonstad buried a rebound off of a Curtis Miske shot. However, the goal was disallowed due to Max Martin making incidental contact with Warriors goaltender Brody Willms. Brayden Burke added an empty-net goal with 15.6 seconds left to round out the scoring. Ian Scott made 21 saves in a losing effort for the Raiders.

VS. MOOSE JAW: The Raiders finished the season series with a 3-4-0-1 record against Moose Jaw. However, the Raiders won three of the last four games in the regular season. Jordy Stallard led the Raiders with 11 points in eight games.


Fri. March 23/18 at MJ | PA 5 MJ 3 | J. Stallard (2g-1a), C. Fonstad (2g), I. Scott (33 saves)

Sat. March 24/18 at MJ | MJ 3 PA 2 (OT) | B. Howden (2g), V. Budik (1g), J. Almeida (OTG)

Tues. March 27/18 at PA | MJ 5 PA 4 (OT) | B. Burke (2g-1a), J. Stallard (1g-1a), B. Howden (1g-1a)

Wed. March 28/18 at PA | MJ 2 PA 0 | J. Almeida (GWG), I. Scott (21 saves), B. Willms (32 saves)

Sat. March 31/18 at MJ

Sun. April 1/18 at PA*

Tues. April 3/18 at MJ*

Power play: PA – 3/17; MJ – 2/14

Leading scorer: Prince Albert – Jordy Stallard (3g-2a); Moose Jaw – Brett Howden (3g-3a)

GAME 5 REPORT: Since the 1996 WHL Playoffs, which is the as far back as the records go on, the Raiders have a 5-6 record in Game 5s. Their last win in a Game 5 is April 15, 2005 with a double overtime victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers.

STREAK SNAPPED: Regan Nagy had his team-leading four-game point streak snapped in Wednesday night’s shutout loss in Game 4. The overager from Ogema had a goal and two assists for the Raiders this post-season and a goal and an assist in his final WHL Playoffs game with Victoria Royals in 2017.

SHOOTING GALLERY: Cole Fonstad led all players with seven shots in Game 4, accounting for more than 20% of the Raiders’ total. The output nearly doubled his total from the first three games to a team-leading 15 shots.

UP NEXT: If necessary, the series will return to Prince Albert for Game 6 at the Art Hauser Centre on Sunday evening. Puck drop would be at 6 p.m.

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