Daily Herald Staff
The end has come for the Prince Albert Venice House Raiders in the most heartbreaking of ways.
The Raiders were 22 seconds away from forcing a third and deciding game in their Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League North Division semifinal against the North East Wolf Pack on Tuesday in Tisdale only to let it slip away.
In fact, Prince Albert held a two-goal advantage with 71 seconds left on the clock, but the Wolf Pack battled back to tie it in regulation time and then end the series with 7:30 left in the first overtime period.
Brendl Daniels and Brayden Dirks put the Raiders in front 2-0 in the first period and Kyle Schneider maintained the two-goal lead with a marker in the second frame.
It looked like the series was heading back to Prince Albert for the decisive match, but it was not meant to be.
The Raiders had a slow start to the season, but went on a tear midway through the campaign failing to lose a league game for more than three months. Prince Albert, which finished second in the North Division, got past the Saskatoon Maniacs in the first round of the playoffs before coming up against the Wolf Pack, who won the opening game 5-0.