It will be understandable if Luke Siemens sees pucks in his sleep for the next little while.
The 20-year-old netminder faced 97 shots in less than 24 hours as he backstopped the Prince Albert Raiders to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Oil Kings in Edmonton on Saturday, but couldnât hold off the Rebels in a 6-1 loss in Red Deer on Sunday.
The results leave the Raiders atop the Western Hockey Leagueâs Eastern Conference standings with a 15-7-0-2 record and give Prince Albert four of a possible six points on a weekend swing through Alberta. The Raiders defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday.
âYou always say when you take two out of three on a three-game weekend youâre happy with that,â commented Raidersâ head coach Steve Young following Sundayâs loss. âAs long as we learn from these experiences and stay with the structure we have in place weâll be okay.â
In Edmonton against the defending WHL champion Oil Kings, Prince Albert built a 3-0 lead on goals by Leon Draisaitl, Mike Winther and Carson Perreaux before the game was 23 minutes old. Edmonton, looking for its first win against the Raiders in three tries this season, bombarded Siemens with 50 shots, but couldnât get enough past him as Shane Danylukâs goal just over three minutes into the overtime session proved to be the winner.
Danyluk was the lone Raider goal scorer in Sundayâs loss as Red Deer built period leads of 2-0 and 4-1.
Siemens allowed five goals on 47 shots in just over 50 minutes of work against Red Deer as Young pulled him in favour of 16-year-old call-up Rylan Parenteau when the game was out of reach. Parenteau, who normally plays for the Saskatoon Contacts of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, allowed one goal on three shots to finish the game.
Parenteau joined the Raiders on Saturday in Edmonton when it was decided that Andy Desautels, Prince Albertâs regular back-up goaltender, needed more time to mend an âupper-bodyâ injury. Parenteau was the Raidersâ third-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft and during the pre-season he had a couple of appearances against the Saskatoon Blades and stopped 33 of 37 shots.
The Raiders continue with a six-game stretch on the road when they are in Moose Jaw on Wednesday to face the Warriors and they wrap up the lengthy trip on Friday with a game in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. Brandon makes its first visit to Prince Albert on Saturday.
RAIDER NOTES: Saturdayâs win in Edmonton was Prince Albertâs fifth straight in Alberta this season. After Sundayâs loss their record when in Alberta is 5-1-0 while last year the Raiders were 2-8-0 in games played in AlbertaâŠNot dressed for Saturdayâs game
were Joey Santucci and Reid Gardiner while on Sunday it was Jonas Knutsen and Gardiner. Santucci and Knutsen were due to numbers while Gardiner is still on the mend from an upper-body injury suffered last month in a game against the Tri-Cities AmericansâŠAnthony Bardaro suffered a major cut to his face in Fridayâs game, but played with a full cage covering his face in the Edmonton and Red Deer gamesâŠRaider captain Mark McNeill collected a pair of assists on Saturday and another in the Lethbridge game, but was held off the scoresheet on Sunday, which was the fifth straight night he played in a game as he was a part of Team WHL in both Subway Super Series contests on Wednesday and Thursday in Vancouver and Victoria, respectivelyâŠRed Deer is 2-0 since owner/president/general manager Brent Sutter added interim head coaching duties to his plate on Wednesday.