Daily Herald Staff
The Prince Albert Venice House Raiders made it tougher than it had to be, but in the end it was pretty elementary.
The Raiders were forced to a third and deciding game against the Saskatoon Maniacs in their opening Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League playoff round, but they made sure there was no upset as they won the decisive game 12-2 on Thursday at the Kinsmen Arena.
Brayden Dirks and Riley Sawchuk each scored a hat-trick to propel the Raiders into the North Division semifinals where they will play the North East Wolf Pack in the next round. Jacob Dumont, Jake Hobson, Ryan Hordal, Brendl Daniels, Mason Issel and Kyle Schneider also scored for Prince Albert on Thursday.
The Raiders, who finished in second place in the regular season, opened the series with a 5-3 win, but Saskatoon got that one back when they skated to a 7-4 decision in Game 2.
Sawchuk with a pair, Owen Ozar, Landon Markovich and Dumont scored for Prince Albert in the opening match while Mikhail Tait had two goals and Markovich and Daniels added once each in the loss.
No dates have been set for the next round.
The Prince Albert NAPA Raiders will be looking to move to the next round of the Centre-Four Hockey League pee wee division playoffs when they host Tisdale in Game 2 of a best-of-three quarter-final series tonight at 7 p.m. at the Northern Regional Recreation Centre in Buckland.
The Raiders gained the upper hand in the series when they skated to a 5-2 triumph in the opener on Wednesday. Jack Kowblick, with a pair, Dylan Scriven, Ethan Beaulac and John Kalmakoff scored for the Raiders.
Should a deciding third game be necessary it will be played in Tisdale on Sunday.
Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders
It’s now or never time for the Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders when they face the North East midgets tonight in Nipawin.
The Raiders dropped a 5-2 decision to North East in the opening game of a Centre-Four Hockey League midget division quarter-final series on Wednesday and must win tonight to force a deciding game in the best-of-three series back in Prince Albert on the weekend.
Josh McDougall and Zach Hurd scored Prince Albert’s goals in the series opener.