Raiders sweep Blades
Daily Herald Staff
It didn’t take long for the newest members of the Prince Albert Raiders to have an impact on their new team as both Ryan Coghlan and Calder Brooks played significant roles in helping the Raiders register a 4-2 Western Hockey League triumph over the Blades in Saskatoon on Saturday.
Coghlan, who was acquired from the Blades along with injured forward Collin Valcourt earlier in the day, opened the scoring just over 11 minutes into the game and then Brooks, who made his debut after moving to Prince Albert from the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, set up Gage Quinney’s second-period tally.
Coghlan and Brooks essentially just met their new teammates when the bus arrived at Credit Union Centre before going out and helping the Raiders win for the second straight night over their provincial rival.
Darcy Zaharichuk and Jayden Hart also scored for Prince Albert, who jumped into a 4-0 advantage before the Blades, who have now lost 13 straight games, got late goals from Graham Millar and Nathan Burns.
Cole Cheveldave stopped 31 shots in the Prince Albert net while Alex Moodie was tested 38 times in the Saskatoon goal.
The win, the Raiders fifth straight over the Blades this year, improves Prince Albert’s record to 19-16-2 and leaves them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Raiders are just two points up on the Red Deer Rebels for the final playoff spot, but they are also just two points back of the fifth-place Regina Pats.
That situation makes Monday’s contest in Regina doubly important as the Raiders will look to pull even with the Pats when the two clubs square off at the Brandt Centre. The Raiders are also in Moose Jaw to face the Warriors on Tuesday before returning home for a Friday match against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
RAIDER NOTES: Valcourt is expected to make his Raider debut on Monday after missing several games with an upper-body injury. Also sitting out Saturday’s game were Dakota Conroy (flu) and emergency call-up Ben Verrall (numbers). Verrall, along with Luke Mahura, Lance Yaremchuk and Rylan Parenteau have all been summoned back to the Raiders as Prince Albert has five players away at international tournaments. Leon Draisaitl is with Germany and Josh Morrissey is with Canada at the world junior tournament in Sweden while Nick McBride, Matteo Gennaro and Brendan Guhle are with Team Pacific at the World under-17 Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton, NS. All five are expected to be away for at least another three games.