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Prince Albert Venice House Raider captain Drew Warkentine (white jersey) gets ready to battle in the face-off circle during a preliminary round-robin game against the Saskatoon Stallions at the Source For Sports Bantam AAA Showcase on the weekend. The Raiders went 1-1-1 in the round-robin, but won three straight games in the playoffs to capture the consolation title at the 15-team event.
The host Prince Albert Venice House Raiders captured a prize at the annual Source for Sports Bantam AAA Showcase on the weekend; it just wasn’t the prize they were hoping for.
A 1-1-1 record in preliminary round-robin action left the Raiders in third place in their pool, dropping them to the B-side of the draw. Once there, Prince Albert never looked back as they won three straight, including a 9-1 pasting of the Weyburn Crescent Point Red Wings in the consolation final.
Braden Isbister led the way for Prince Albert in the game against Weyburn as he scored three times and set up two others. Drew Warkentine also had a strong game scoring twice and adding a pair of assists. Matthew Kutnikoff, Reid Manson, Riley Sawchuk and Kent Hansen scored singles for Prince Albert, who earlier had beaten the Notre Dame Hounds 5-4 and the Saskatoon Frostbite in the playoff round.
The Raiders opened the tournament with a 3-2 setback to the Saskatoon Stallions before crushing Weyburn 9-3 and battling the Melville Millionaires to a 4-4 draw in round-robin action. Melville and the Stallions had finished first and second, respectively, to advance to the championship side of the playoff round.
The North East Wolf Pack was the only team to go undefeated in the tournament and claimed the championship with an 8-3 decision over the Sask. Valley Vipers in the gold-medal game.
Venice House will see Weyburn one more time this week when they return to Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League action with a three-game trip through the southern part of the province. The Raiders, who have a 10-4-0 record in league play, are in Weyburn on Friday before heading to Estevan on Saturday and Regina on Sunday.
The Prince Albert NAPA Raiders improved their Centre-Four Hockey League Pee Wee Division record to 7-4-1 with a 5-5 draw against Warman and a 3-1 triumph over Humboldt on the weekend.
Against Warman, the Raiders were down 3-0 after one period of play and 4-2 at the second intermission before they rallied to salvage the single point. Cody Lehner paced the comeback with two goals and a pair of assists while Owen Ozar also had a two-goal performance. Tanner Hendricks had the other goal for Prince Albert.
Hendricks had another strong game in the win over Humboldt scoring a pair of markers with Ethan Beaulac chipping in with one.
The Raiders are now done with league play until after Christmas, but they will be in Swift Current for a tournament next weekend.
Liteway Electric Raiders
The Liteway Electric Raiders slipped to the .500 level in Centre-Four Hockey League Midget Division action with an 8-2 loss to Beardy’s last week.
Breylan Fiset and Josh Elliot each scored twice in that game for Prince Albert with Chris Stubbs and Blair MacFarlane netting one each.
The Raiders, who are 7-7-2 in league play, were also scheduled to play Watson on Sunday, but results were unavailable.
Next action for Liteway Electric is Wednesday when they will host Beardy’s at 6:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
Prince Albert Icehawks
The pain continues for the Prince Albert Icehawks.
Two more losses on the weekend – 10-0 on Sunday in Pilot Butte against the Traveland RV Storm and 7-6 in overtime in Assiniboia on Saturday against the Southern Rebels – dropped the Icehawks’ record to 3-12-3 on the season.
Sunday’s game was never in doubt with the Storm outshooting Prince Albert 55-33. Tyler Gordon started in net for the Icehawks, but was pulled in favour of Jayden Rieben after allowing six goals on 27 shots. Rieben finished with 24 saves on 28 shots.
The pain was probably more excruciating on Saturday if that is even possible.
The Icehawks, losers of four straight entering the weekend and 12 of their last 13, were up 6-3 after 40 minutes of play only to see the Rebels score three unanswered goals in the final frame and Zach Fleming net his fourth of the game four minutes into the extra session to pull out the win.
Brett Boyer paced the Icehawks’ attack with two goals and two assists while singles were added by Parker Turner, Cole Thomas, Darian Clarke and Lyndon Arcand. Clarke and Arcand each added a pair of helpers for three-point outings.
Prince Albert will try and get back into the win column on Saturday when they host the Saskatoon Westleys at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.