The Prince Albert Raiders overcame a two-goal deficit to post an important 5-2 win against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday.
The win broke a four-game losing streak on the road.
The Raiders skated into the game at Medicine Hat Arena four points behind the Saskatoon Blades, who have won 13 in a row after beating the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-1 on Wednesday to maintain their lead. But the Raiders did reclaim the fourth overall spot in the Eastern Conference, pulling ahead of the idle Red Deer Rebels by a single point.
Both teams have played 60 games.
The game started like Saturday night's ended: With a powerplay goal by the Raiders' opponent as Tigers centre Elgin Pearce scored his 27th of the season five minutes into the first.
Pearce added to the lead with a minute left in a period in which the Raiders were outshot 18-10.
A strong start to the second period took 15 minutes to pay off but the Raiders scored a powerplay goal of their own when Jayden Hart scored from Leon Draisaitl and Davis Vandane.
The Raiders outshot the Tigers 15-8 in the second.
Vandane evened the contest three minutes into the third. Carson Perreaux and Dakota Conroy drew assists.
Anthony Bardaro scored his 20th of the season and first in 12 games midway through the third period to give the Raiders their first lead of the night.
The goal came off a mad scramble, with Josh Morrissey and Hart credited with assists.
Mark McNeill iced the game with his 21st of the year with an empty net breakaway goal. Mike Winther and Bardaro earned assists.
Perreaux scored a second empty net 18 seconds later, with an assist by Conroy.
The final shots on net were 40-39 for the Tigers.
ICINGS: This was the third meeting of the year between the two teams. The Raiders pasted the Tigers on Dec. 8 with a 7-0 win, while the Tigers won 5-2 in Prince Albert on Jan. 2. That game was memorable because it was the first game after the trade that brought Dylan Busenius and Jayden Hart to the Raiders in exchange for Zach Hodder and Logan McVeigh … So how has the trade worked out in terms of goals and assists? In 22 games with the Raiders, Busenius has nine assists and Hart has five goals and nine assists. In 24 games with the Tigers, Hodder has five assists and McVeigh has six goals and seven assists … The teams play their final regular season game of the year on March 9 at the Art Hauser Centre … Both teams entered the game with three more goals for than against this season; the Raiders were 189-186 and the Tigers 206-203 … Mark McNeill leads the Raiders in scoring with 54 points, which would put him fourth on the Tigers … McNeill and Dakota Conroy share the team lead this season with eight-game scoring streaks. McNeill’s came in September and October while Conroy’s was in December and January. The league lead is 21 games, which Adam Lowry of the Swift Current Broncos set from November into January … The Raider scratches were Joey Santucci, Riley Guenther and Austin Daae with the return of Tim Vanstone to the lineup ...