Daily Herald Staff
If the Prince Albert Venice House Raiders are going to win the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League championship they are going to have to figure out a way to beat the Sask. Valley Vipers.
Back on Oct. 24, Sask. Valley handed Prince Albert a 5-1 loss in Warman and on Sunday at the Steuart Arena the North Division-leading Vipers came from behind to beat the Raiders 5-3.
In between those two games, however, the Raiders went on a 14-game unbeaten run (11-0-3) which included a 10-2 rout of Moose Jaw on Saturday at the Steuart Arena.
Prince Albert now sits in third place just one point back of the North East Wolf Pack and 12 behind the Vipers. The Raiders have one game in hand on the Wolf Pack and three on Sask. Valley with Prince Albert making up one of those game on Thursday when they will travel to Wilcox to take on the Notre Dame Hounds.
Against the Vipers on Sunday, Riley Sawchuk, Kyle Schneider and Landon Markovich staked Prince Albert to a 3-2 lead entering the final period and the score remained that way until Sask. Valley exploded for three goals in the final 2:36 to steal the win.
On Saturday, Sawchuk led the attack with three goals while singles were added by Schneider, Markovich, Mikhail Tait, Jacob Dumont, Ryan Hordal, Ethan Regnier and Owen Ozar. Matthew Guitard turned aside 26 shots for the win in the Raiders’ goal while on Sunday it was Brayden Oreel suffering the loss in the Prince Albert net.
After Thursday’s sprint to Notre Dame the Raiders will return home for a pair of weekend games playing Weyburn on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Steuart Arena and the Battlefords on Sunday at 11:15 a.m., also at the Steuart Arena.
After next weekend’s action Venice House will have four games remaining on the regular schedule with the playoffs set to begin on Feb. 20.
Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders
The Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders salvaged their busy weekend with a convincing 6-1 triumph over Meadow Lake on Sunday.
The win improves the Raiders’ record to 12-12-4 and leaves them in fifth place in the Centre-Four Hockey League midget division standings.
Affiliate player Kent Hanson paced the Raiders’ attack with a pair of goals while singles were added by Austin Odnokon, Zach Hurd, Connor Craig and Breylan Fiset.
Prince Albert opened the weekend with a 6-2 setback in Nipawin on Friday against the North East midgets and then dropped the opening game of the weekend doubleheader against Meadow Lake 4-0 on Saturday.
In Nipawin on Friday, Braden Isbister and Riley Dupre had given Prince Albert a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the game before North East stormed back with two goals in each period. The game also got rough late in the contest as a total of 10 players received misconducts in the latter stages of the third period.
The Raiders return to action on Friday when they travel to Warman with those same two teams meeting in a rematch on Sunday at 5:45 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena. Following next weekend’s action, Dmyterko Enterprises will have just two games left on the schedule with league playoffs set to begin during the final week of February.
After being eliminated from the Saskatchewan Hockey Association pee wee division playoffs by Humboldt earlier in the week, the NAPA Raiders were idle from Centre-Four Hockey League play on the weekend.
Prince Albert gets back to work this coming weekend when they return to Humboldt for a league game against the Broncos on Saturday before hosting the Battlefords on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Steuart Arena.
The NAPA Raiders, who are 8-6-2 on the season and sit in fifth place in the standings, will have just three games remaining on the schedule after next weekend with their final game taking place Feb. 23 in Warman. League playoffs will commence after that contest.
Warman leads the league and will take on Humboldt in the northern region semifinal with the winner advancing to the north final against the champion from Saskatoon.