Medicine Hat, AB – Carson Miller and Cole Fonstad hooked up for the fourth time this season, but it wasn’t enough as the Prince Albert Raiders (5-19-1-0) fell 4-1 to the Medicine Hat Tigers (21-5-1-0) on Tuesday night in the Canalta Centre.
Fonstad has now scored in back-to-back games and has a point in four of his last five contests.
The Tigers opened the scoring at the 9:28 mark of the first period when Chad Butcher finished off a two-on-one rush for his 12th goal of the season.
In the second, Zach Fischer extended the Tigers’ lead with 9:06 to play in the frame. Then, the 16-year-olds got the Raiders on the board. Carson Miller collected the puck behind the net and threw a centring pass to Fonstad, who one-timed it past Medicine Hat goaltender Nick Schneider. Miller has now picked up the primary assist on Fonstad’s last four goals.
Later in the second, John Dahlstrom restored the Tigers’ two-goal lead with 2:43 left to make it a 3-1 game after 40 minutes.
Medicine Hat added another goal midway through the third. Nick Heid went to pick up the puck behind the Raiders’ net, but lost an edge and crashed into the end boards. Fischer threw it in front of the net and Steven Owre notched his seventh of the season to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
Ian Scott stopped 32 shots in a losing effort. The Raiders tested Schneider throughout the night, forcing him to make tough saves against the likes of Nic Holowko, Austin Glover and Spencer Moe. The Tigers ‘tender finished with 28 saves in the win.
Up next for the Raiders is the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night at the Enmax Centre. Game time is 8 p.m. The next Raiders’ home game is on Friday night when the Moose Jaw Warriors visit the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at raiderhockey.com, the Raider Office or by calling 306-764-5348.