The Prince Albert Venice House Raiders are on a roll.
After struggling out of the gates with just two wins in their first nine games to start the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League season, the Raiders have now gone undefeated in 11 games (9-0-2) after a near perfect week in regular-season action during the last seven days.
On Tuesday the Raiders overcame a 3-0 deficit to battle the Saskatoon Bandits to a 5-5 draw and then on the weekend they outscored the Regina Monachs and the Swift Current Kabos Raiders by identical 6-4 scores.
Against the Bandits it was Kyle Schneider leading the way with two goals and an assist while Riley Sawchuk also had a three-point outing with a goal and two helpers. Brendl Daniels and Landon Markovich also scored for the Raiders, who were poised to pick up the win despite the slow start until Saskatoon scored with 29 seconds left in the third period to force the deadlock.
Schneider once again led the way in the win over Regina scoring a hat-trick with singles coming from Mikhail Tait, Jake Hobson and Sawchuk while against Swift Current it was Sawchuk with a pair and single tallies being added by Ethan Regnier, Mason Issel, Ryan Hordal and Hobson.
The recent run has the Raiders in third place in the North Division standings with Venice House holding a number of games in hand on all other teams.
Venice House returns to action on Saturday when they will host the West Central Wheat Kings at 3:30 p.m. at the Steuart Arena.
It was a busy week for the Prince Albert NAPA Raiders, but a successful one.
The Raiders, who have been provincial finalists in each of the last two years, won their opening Saskatchewan Hockey Association series with 7-5 and 7-3 decisions over Melfort.
Prince Albert, who will now likely meet Humboldt in the next round, got two goals each from Jack Kowblick, Dylan Scriven and Kaleb Charko in the series-clinching victory on Friday. Ben Zultok also scored for the Raiders in the final game of the two-game, total-goal affair.
In Centre-Four Hockey League regular-season action, the Raiders, who are 8-6-2, had a huge territorial advantage in their game against West Central on Sunday, but despite outshooting their visitors 48-33 they were edged 5-4 and remain winless in league play since the Christmas break.
Kowblick once again had a big game for the Raiders scoring three times against West Central while Kevin Ledoux had the other marker.
Prince Albert does not have another regular-season game scheduled until early February when they will travel to Humboldt on Feb. 1. Their next home game is slated for Feb. 2 when they will host the Battlefords at 4 p.m. at the Steuart Arena.
Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders
The Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders returned to Centre-Four Hockey League midget division action this week after enjoying an extended holiday break.
The Raiders, who are 8-10-4 in regular-season play, jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Braden Isbister and Kent Hanson in their game against Beardy’s earlier in the week before eventually falling 3-2. Brendon Boyer scored the winner for Beardy’s with seven minutes left in the third period and Boyer would continue his hot hand the following night when he scored a pair of markers in helping the Prince Albert Icehawks to a 5-3 triumph over the Tri-Town Thunder in Prairie Junior Hockey League action.
Dmyterko Enterprises gets back on the ice tonight when they will host Warman at 6:15 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena. The Raiders will then take to the road for a game in Watson on Saturday and then return home on Sunday for a 4 p.m. contest against the Battlefords at the Steuart Arena.