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 couldn’t hold off the Rebels in a 6-1 loss in Red Deer on Sunday.
The results leave the Raiders atop the Western Hockey League’s 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.
“You always say when you take two out of three on a three-game weekend you’re happy with that,” commented Raiders’ head coach Steve Young following Sunday’s loss. “As long as we learn from these experiences and stay with the structure we have in place we’ll be okay.”
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 couldn’t get enough past him as Shane Danyluk’s goal just over three minutes into the overtime session proved to be the winner.
Danyluk was the lone Raider goal scorer in Sunday’s 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 Albert’s regular back-up goaltender, needed more time to mend an “upper-body” injury. Parenteau was the Raiders’ 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: Saturday’s win in Edmonton was Prince Albert’s fifth straight in Alberta this season. After Sunday’s loss their record when in Alberta is 5-1-0 while last year the Raiders were 2-8-0 in games played in Alberta…Not dressed for Saturday’s 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 Americans…Anthony Bardaro suffered a major cut to his face in Friday’s game, but played with a full cage covering his face in the Edmonton and Red Deer games…Raider 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, respectively…Red Deer is 2-0 since owner/president/general manager Brent Sutter added interim head coaching duties to his plate on Wednesday.