The Prince Albert NAPA Raiders are going to have to dig deep if they hope to keep their run for a third straight trip to the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s pee wee division final alive following a 5-3 loss to the Humboldt Broncos in the series opener on Sunday.
The Raiders, who lost to Yorkton in each of the last two provincial finals, will be looking to overcome the two-goal deficit when they travel to Humboldt on Tuesday for the second game of the two-game, total-goal, second round match-up with the Broncos.
Keone Tyler, Jack Kowblick and Kevin Ledoux scored for the Raiders on Sunday. Should Prince Albert capture the series they would then face the winner of a West Central-Warman match-up for the right to take on the Saskatoon champion in the northern final.
In Centre-Four Hockey League play, the Raiders were idle this week and will have another week break from the regular schedule before returning to action on Feb. 1 when they are back in Humboldt. Prince Albert’s next home game is not until Feb. 2 when they will host the Battlefords at 4 p.m. at the Steuart Arena.
Venice House Raiders
The roll continues for the Prince Albert Venice House Raiders as a win and a tie this week extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games in Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League action.
Venice House opened the week with a 4-4 draw against the West Central Wheat Kings and then added to the streak with an 8-5 triumph over the Saskatoon Stallions on Sunday.
Ethan Regnier, Riley Sawchuk, Kyle Schneider and Brendl Daniels, who also had a pair of assists, scored for Prince Albert in the tie with West Central while goalscorers were unavailable in the win over the Stallions.
The Raiders will look to keep the run alive this weekend when they will host the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday at 2 p.m. while the league-leading Sask. Valley Vipers pay a visit on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Both games will be played at the Steuart Arena.
Prince Albert is now in third place in the North Division, but they are four points back of the North East Wolf Pack for second spot. The Vipers are 10 points in front of the Raiders, but Prince Albert holds three games in hand making next weekend’s showdown even more important if they hope to secure first place by the end of the regular season.
Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders
The Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders had a perfect week winning all three of their Centre-Four Hockey League midget division games and in the process climbed above the .500 mark for the first time this season.
The Raiders outscored Warman 5-2 on Monday on the strength of four goals by Zach Hurd and then rode the shutout netminding of Logan Morhart in a 4-0 win over Watson on Saturday. Prince Albert completed the week with a 2-1 decision over the Battlefords on Sunday.
Josh Hopkins had the other Prince Albert goal in the win over Warman while Tanner Fiddler, with two, and singles from Braden Isbister and Connor Craig accounted for the Raider goals in the win over Watson. Fiddler and Matt Kutnikoff scored for Prince Albert against the Battlefords.
The Raiders, who are now 11-10-4, have another busy week as they go to Nipawin on Friday to face the North East midgets before returning home for a doubleheader against Meadow Lake. Those games will be played at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday with both tilts slated for the Steuart Arena.
Prince Albert Icehawks
Time is running out for the Prince Albert Icehawks as a 7-2 loss to the Saskatoon Westleys on Sunday leaves them even further out of a Prairie Junior Hockey League playoff spot with just 10 games left on the schedule.
The loss, which drops Prince Albert’s record to 10-18-2, has the Icehawks six points back of the Westleys for fifth place and a berth in the Survivor Series. While Prince Albert does have a game in hand, they have to get together a winning streak to get into a position to challenge for the final berth.
On Sunday, Brett Boyer opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game, but it wasn’t until Ronald Javier tallied with 28 seconds left in the contest before they hit the board again.
Prince Albert was outshot 55-38 with Tyler Gordon being replaced after Saskatoon scored three goals in a 1:09 span early in the second period to make the score 4-1. Aidon Patrick came on in relief and turned aside 25 of 28 shots he faced.
The Icehawks return to action on Wednesday when they will travel to Zenon Park to take on the Tri-Town Thunder. That game begins a stretch where Prince Albert plays four games in eight nights with three of those on the road. The Icehawks’ season lies in the balance with how that stretch pans out.