The Prince Albert Raiders had their biggest margin of victory of the season when they blanked the Wheat Kings 6-0 in Western Hockey League action on Friday in Brandon.
The game, Prince Albert‚Äôs sixth in a row on the road, was never in doubt as the Raiders jumped into a 3-0 advantage before the game was nine minutes old. Mark McNeill, Carson Perreaux and Zach Hodder gave the Raiders the early lead and Logan McVeigh increased that advantage to 4-0 before the first period was finished.
After a scoreless middle frame Davis Vandane added to his most productive outing since coming to the Raiders in a trade with the Spokane Chiefs last month. His third goal of the season gave him three points on the evening as the overage defenseman had assisted on the Hodder and McNeill goals in the opening 20 minutes.
Josh Morrissey completed the scoring late in the game when his shot from the point was high off the glass and bounced in off Brandon goaltender Corbin Boes. The Morrissey goal came on the power play, which ended a 0-for-29 draught for the Raiders, including four previous opportunities in Friday‚Äôs game.
The Raiders had appeared to get one more goal with just over a minute to play, while on yet another power play, but it was waved off.
‚ÄúWe came to play,‚ÄĚ said Raiders‚Äô associate coach Dave Manson on the 900 CKBI post-game show. ‚ÄúIt was one of our better starts and we moved the puck well tonight. Hopefully that continues.‚ÄĚ
The Raiders won‚Äôt have to wait long to see if they can duplicate the performance as the same two teams will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
Luke Siemens had a relatively easy time in picking up his second shutout in the last seven games as the 20-year-old only had to face 18 shots. Boes was much busier at the other end of the ice as the Raiders directed 44 shots his way.
RAIDER NOTES: The win improves the Raiders‚Äô record to 17-7-0-2 and gives them a 4-2-0-0 mark on the lengthy road trip‚Ä¶Prince Albert was without Joey Santucci, Andy Desautels and Riley Guenther on Friday with Santucci mending a lower-body injury and Desautels nursing an upper-body injury. Guenther was a healthy scratch‚Ä¶Brandon was without their two top scorers as Alessio Bertaggia and Ryan Pulock were not dressed. Also not in the line-up for the Wheat Kings was Jens Meilleur‚Ä¶The game was the first for former Raider Tyler Yaworski against his former mates. Yaworski was traded to Brandon prior to the start of the season as the Raiders worked to get down to the maximum of three over-age players on the roster.