Raiders remain perfect in Alberta after 3-2 win in Lethbridge

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Dave Leaderhouse

Herald Staff

Alberta Bound, Alberta Bound, it’s good to be Alberta Bound!

Gordon Lightfoot might have wrote the lyrics to that classic song, but the Prince Albert Raiders are certainly singing the tune this year.

Prince Albert continued their domination of Alberta foes when they recorded a 3-2 Western Hockey League victory over the Hurricanes in Lethbridge on Friday.

The win was the fourth straight in the Wild Rose province and the Raiders have now posted a perfect 6-0-0-0 record against Alberta opponents.

Logan McVeigh scored the game winner just over two minutes into the third period and German rookie sensation Leon Draisaitl had the other Raider goals as the win snapped a three-game losing streak for Prince Albert on the road.

The game didn’t start out on the right foot for the Raiders as the Hurricanes grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Russell Maxwell scored his 14th of the season just 19 seconds into the contest.

Draisaitl got Prince   Albert back on even terms four minutes later, but Jaimen Yakubowski restored the Hurricanes’ lead before the first intermission. Draisaitl, who is off to a sensational start since coming to Prince Albert from Cologne, Germany, once again drew the Raiders even, this time with a shorthanded effort midway through the second period.

That set the stage for McVeigh’s fourth of the season and vaulted Prince Albert past the idle Calgary Hitmen and Edmonton Oil Kings into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Luke Siemens, starting his 100th game in the WHL, picked up the win after kicking out 23 of 25 shots while Ty Rimmer was tested 32 times in the Lethbridge goal.

The win gets Prince Albert on the right track as they are playing three games in three nights in Alberta. Tonight they will face the defending WHL champion Oil Kings in Edmonton before moving on to Red Deer on Sunday to take on the Brent Sutter-led Rebels.

The Raiders have beaten Edmonton twice already this year including a 4-1 decision the last time they were at Rexall Place in early October. Prince Albert also beat Red Deer in the only previous meeting this season.

RAIDER NOTES: Not dressed for the Raiders on Friday were Joey Santucci and Reid Gardiner. Santucci was a healthy scratch while Gardiner is just about ready to return from a month on the injured list with an upper-body injury suffered in a game against the Tri-Cities Americans in mid-October…After this weekend’s action the Raiders remain on the road next week with stops in Moose Jaw on Wednesday and Brandon on Friday. The next home game is a week from today when the Wheat Kings will make their first visit of the season to the Art Hauser Centre.

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Raiders, Western Hockey League Tri-Cities Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Alberta, Lethbridge, Wild Rose Edmonton Red Deer Cologne Germany Moose Jaw

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