The Prince Albert Raiders believed in themselves, but now they are making believers out of the rest of the Western Hockey League.
The Raiders won their seventh straight game – and fourth in a row on a four-game road trip through Alberta and south eastern British Columbia – with a 4-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday.
“Anytime you can go on the road and come away with all the points it is something pretty special,” said Raiders’ head coach Steve Young following the game. “When we left on the road our message was just stick with the process and manage the game. The score is important, but you don’t always have to watch what the score is.”
The Raiders obviously paid attention to the message as they never panicked when the Hurricanes went up 1-0 just 21 seconds into the game on Tuesday after Russell Maxwell beat Luke Siemens in the Prince Albert goal.
Mike Winther, playing in his first game on the trip after nursing a sore groin, Sawyer Lange, with his second goal in as many games, Riley Guenther and Mark McNeill, into an empty net, scored for Prince Albert. Anthony Bardaro also was prominent on the scoresheet picking up three assists.
Siemens finished the game with 19 saves while Prince Albert directed 35 shots at Ty Rimmer in the Lethbridge goal.
Prince Albert, which increased its lead atop the East Division standings to five points over the Brandon Wheat Kings and Swift Current Broncos with the win, will return to action on Friday when they will host the Portland Winter Hawks at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
RAIDER NOTES: Mackenzie Stewart was scratched from the line-up on Tuesday to make room for Winther’s return. Also not dressed were Zach Hodder, Chance Braid and Shayne Gwinner. Hodder is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury while Braid and Gwinner were both healthy scratches. Braid did not see any action on the trip while Gwinner sat out the last two games after Prince Albert acquired Davis Vandane from Spokane on Friday…Today is the deadline for teams to get down to three overage players and with the Raiders having four on the roster, something will have to be done. Prince Albert is still waiting on what Antoine Corbin’s status will be. The 20-year-old defenseman is still with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Should he be returned to Prince Albert, then the Raiders will have 14 days to decide on which overage player will be moved. If he sticks with Bulldogs, then the Raiders will have Siemens, Bardaro and Vandane remaining as 20-year-olds.