Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Josh Morrissey will depart for World Junior Championship training camp on Thursday, leaving behind a four-game losing streak as the Raiders fell to the Edmonton Oil Kings 7-5 at the Art Hauser Centre on Wednesday.
Despite outshooting their opponents 29-28, the Raiders failed to foil the Oil Kings, now winners of seven straight and their ascent up the Eastern Conference standings.
Raiders coach Cory Clouston acknowledged the level of character his team showed through an almost successful comeback late in the third period, however said there is much work to be done in the back end, including the play of starting goaltender Cole Cheveldave who was yanked early in the third period.
"They capitalized on every one of our mistakes," Clouston said. "He (Cheveldave) has to step up. We need a save, we can't sugar coat it, it's fairly obvious that we aren't getting the save when we need it."
The puck went back and forth between the Raiders and Oil Kings zones in the opening minutes of the first period with neither team generating quality scoring chances until Raiders centre Leon Draisaitl took a high sticking penalty midway through the period to open things up.
Beating Cheveldave on the ensuing power play, centre Brett Pollock scored the opening goal, giving the Oil Kings an early 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, Raiders centre Tim Vanstone tied things up, firing a wrist shot from the point past Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry.
While the Raiders…