Raider hat tricks buck Broncos

John MacNeil
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Cameron, Herrod net three goals apiece in somewhat sloppy Prince Albert victory

Dustin Cameron goal

The Prince Albert Raiders and Swift Current Broncos are poised to battle each other in the Eastern Conference playoff race this season.


But it didn't look that way Wednesday night at the Art Hauser Centre as the Raiders won 7-4 in a game that showed more flaws than finesse - on both sides.


Raiders captain Dustin Cameron, with three second-period goals, and teammate Brandon Herrod each netted hat tricks as Prince Albert posted its fourth straight win and fifth in six games.


Justin Maylan also scored for Prince Albert, which chased Broncos starter Morgan Clark and hurried the Swift Current debut of 19-year-old goaltender Mark Friesen, who was acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Chilliwack Bruins.


Friesen flew into Saskatoon on Wednesday and met his new teammates about an hour before the game. He was pressed into duty for the third period, after the Raiders opened a 4-1 lead on Cameron's hat-trick goal with three minutes left in the second.


"I don't think I've ever played a Western Hockey League game where two (teammates) got hat tricks in the same game," said Cameron, the 20-year-old captain of the Raiders.


"I was happy to see (Herrod) get the first of his career. It was a good night for both of us."


Herrod's hat-trick goal was an empty-netter with 1:35 left in a game that shouldn't have gone to the wire. Herrod and linemate Craig McCallum each had four-point nights.


The Raiders went up 3-0 halfway through the second period when Cameron roofed a shot to finish off a shorthanded breakaway.


It was a wide-open game in front of 1,759 fans who witnessed the good, bad and ugly of junior hockey.


"We didn't take care of our own end as well as we should have," Cameron said. "When you score seven (goals), you should be able to win, but our (defensive play) could have been a lot better. But the most important thing is we got a win."


For the second time this season, Broncos rookie Adam Lowry scored twice against the Raiders, who gave two power-play goals.


"I thought it was a very sloppy game," agreed Raiders coach-GM Bruno Campese. "Whenever you score seven goals, you don't want to be too pessimistic, but there were just too many situations in all three zones where we didn't compete as well as we should have.


"We'll take the win, but we've got some work to do. We've got Brandon here (Friday) and we visit (Swift Current) on Saturday and Regina on Sunday. It's a huge weekend, and we can't get away with that sloppy stuff."


The Broncos outshot the Raiders 40-31.


Brad Hoban and Stepan Novotny also scored for the Broncos, and defenceman Joel Rogers picked up three assists. Cody Eakin was limited to one assist. Eakin, a minus-three on the night, received big news earlier Wednesday when he was invited to the Canadian junior team's selection camp in mid-December.

Organizations: Raiders, Prince Albert, Art Hauser Centre Western Hockey League

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatoon, Regina Mid-December.jmacneil

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Recent comments

  • Loyal fan for over 30 years
    March 25, 2014 - 13:08

    The music that is in betwen the periods is so LOUD that you have to yell to the person next to you. It would be nice to tone it down a bit. Thank You A Loyal Fan

  • Loyal fan for over 30 years
    March 25, 2014 - 13:06

    The music that is in betwen the periods is so LOUD that you have to yell to the person next to you. It would be nice to tone it down a bit. Thank You A Loyal Fan

  • Horsefly
    September 11, 2012 - 15:00

    If I come out to some games this year, can the Raider organization please tone down the loud over-advertising between every single whistle?! And a bit of advice, when a whistle goes and a penalty is about to be called, or some "drama" on the ice is about to take place, maybe hold back a few seconds on yakkin into mic. We wanna know what's going on at that moment. It's irritating.

    • LoyalFan
      September 23, 2012 - 12:11

      I agree!! I love the Raiders & hate to miss a game but the music, etc. is so loud in the intermission I can't hear what the person next to me is saying.. (Aging ears you know) I think of it as a social event as well as great hockey so would like to do some visiting also. I enjoy the music while the game is being played, often some humor in it. Lol. Great job in Saskatoon last night guys, looking good!!

  • fraser
    December 04, 2009 - 16:44

    I agree but it the fans like yourself that are not at games. Why cant you give credit where credit is due? They are winning, they are playing exciting hard working hockey. What do people want, what do you want? Fickle fans, its like were in Montreal or something. Yes they have had some tuff times, people say when Clarke is gone they will be back - where are they? They are winning know so support them. You cant build a WHL team over night. Every deal you make or draft pick you make wil not be exceptable by everyone. We have to many armchair coaches who think they know something about hockey. Drafting a 14 year old bantam is not that easy, Dion Phaneuf , Ryan Getzlaff - both later round bantam draft picks - every scout was a moron that year, rite? We were not the only team to pass on drafting them early. It is real easy to second guess when one has the fortune of hindsight - come draft day there is no hindsight. Cut these kids, coaches, managers, volonteers some slack - come support this team before we only have a Junior B and Triple A midget to support, also good hockey, but the WHL is the stepping stone to the NHL as the Midget AAA is the stepping stone to the WHL etc... you all have the oportunity to see the future NHL players, lets not let this slip away because we expect a win every night. Get with it people.

  • Dan
    December 04, 2009 - 14:52

    I've said it before,and will say it again. They have to win back the support of the fans. It may take a while to do so. You people surprised what the attendance is? Shouldn't be ,I'm just waiting for the raiders to go on another 12 game losing streak. That is why the attendance is so bad.

  • Fraser
    December 04, 2009 - 09:35

    Where are the complainers. The one who indicated talk to you after the Calgary Hitmen come and run us out of our own rink etc... just come to the games people, the attendance is terrible - best hockey in the last 5 years - I agree. The scary part is they are getting better every night. Well rounded hockey team, our fourth line looked good. Different goal scorers and hot players from one night to the next - more then you can say for the top teams (so called top teams). How the trades looking from a guy who does not know what he is doing - give him time (Bruno) we will have a championship team in a smallmarket city. Still say Regina is the team to beat - if they dont give up on the season and trade there team to Brandon - they or someone else will catch the over acheiving Blades early in the new year - maybe PA.

    • nonraiderfan
      December 09, 2010 - 19:28

      Anyone who wonders why the attendance is poor need look no further than the standings. We are bottom 3 or 4 in the league and will very likely not make the playoffs again. Whose fault is this. One word BRUNO. The players don't want to play for him. He is a poor coach and poor manager. The proof is in the pudding. His temper is legendary and he is a spiteful man. I am fearful that it is already too late. BRUNO will go down in PA history as the man who killed the franchise. In the same period of time that BRUNO has been here, Portland, starting from the same position is now a league powerhouse. BRUNO suffers from the little man syndrome, a control freak and ego maniac, like Napoleon.

  • K
    December 03, 2009 - 17:58

    Another great game, another pathetic Prince Albert crowd. We don't have the worst attendance in the league for nothing!

  • Al
    December 03, 2009 - 16:04

    All you non-attendees are missing some great hockey, some of the best in the last 5 years. Just over 1700 last night? Pretty pathetic! But I do see all the nay-sayers have gone into hiding which is not a bad thing. We need to get some more folks into the building to see this great hockey.