Like the saying goes, ‘It’s ain’t over until the fat lady sings,’ but for the Prince Albert NAPA Raiders, she is already warming up her vocal cords.
The Raiders were in Yorkton on Saturday for the first game of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association pee wee division provincial final, but a 10-4 loss has put them up against the wall as they wait to host the second game of the two-game, total-goal affair on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
Aubrey Lloyd had three goals for Prince Albert with Ethan Beaulac adding a single.
Prince Albert was looking to avenge a similar situation from last year where a strong playoff run abruptly ended at the hands of Yorkton in the provincial final. They will need a spectacular performance in the final game to fulfill that goal.
The Raiders, who were fourth in Centre-Four Hockey League play this year with a .500 record, turned it up in the playoffs as they got past North Battleford, West Central, Warman and Saskatoon enroute to the rematch with the southern Saskatchewan champions from Yorkton.
Prince Albert also had a strong playoff run in the CFHL post-season only to have that come to an end against the league leaders from Lloydminster.