The Prince Albert Raiders had something to prove and although a win wasn‚Äôt in the cards, their performance was encouraging following a 2-1 shootout loss to the visiting Tri-Cities Americans on Tuesday at the Art Hauser Centre.
‚ÄúOne of the messages we told them was they were better than the last game,‚ÄĚ said Raiders‚Äô head coach Steve Young. ‚ÄúAt least we got a point out of it.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúGoing into overtime it could have gone either way,‚ÄĚ added Young.
The Raiders were coming off a 9-0 drubbing in Moose Jaw on Saturday and Young said it was important to see how the players responded. For the most part he was happy with what he saw.
‚ÄúWe have to be a team that shoots the puck,‚ÄĚ said Young.
The Raiders did get plenty of shots on net, but most were from close range making Americans‚Äô netminder Eric Comrie‚Äôs job a lot easier. On several occasions the Raiders went for the extra pass making the play easy to break up and when they did get a scoring opportunity, Comrie closed the door.
Luke Siemens did the same in the Prince Albert goal as he was rebounding from a sub-par performance on Saturday when he allowed four goals on 13 shots against his former Warrior teammates.
Reid Gardiner got the Raiders on the board early in the first period and it looked like the 16-year-old‚Äôs second of the season was going to hold up, but Jesse Mychan slid a weak backhand between Siemen‚Äôs legs early in the third period to tie the score at 1-1.
After a scoreless overtime session, Tri-Cities scored on two of their three opportunities in the shootout with both Mark McNeil and Anthony Bardaro failing to find the back of the net for Prince Albert to end the game.
The win was the Americans sixth in a row and third straight on their tour of the East Division. Prince Albert product Tyson Dallman made a successful return to the Art Hauser Centre as the 19-year-old winger played his first game in Prince Albert in two years. The last time Dallman, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, played in Prince Albert he was part of a provincial champion with the Midget AAA Mintos.
RAIDER NOTES: Not dressed for Prince Albert were Tim Vanstone, Shayne Gwinner, Dakota Conroy and Zach Hodder. Gwinner and Conroy were healthy scratches while Vanstone was sitting out the first game of a four-game suspension for a hit from behind on Prince Albert native Miles Warkentine in Moose Jaw on Saturday and Hodder is still on the injured list with a shoulder injury suffered early in the season‚Ä¶The Raiders, who remain in first place in the East Division with a 7-2-0-2 record, will return to action Friday when they host the Everett Silvertips at 7 p.m.