The Prince Albert Raiders scored with the goalie pulled to tie the game with less than 20 seconds remaining in the third period, defeating the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 in a shootout at Rexdall Place on Tuesday.
The Oil Kings wasted little time taking revenge on Raiders center Jayden Hart for his late hit on Oil Kings center Curtis Lazar on Oct. 4. Seconds after the opening faceoff, Oil Kings left wing Mitchell Moroz went after Hart for a hit from behind on defenseman Griffin Reinhart, starting a fight within the opening minute of play.
Moments later, the power went out at Rexall Place and both teams were sent back to their dressing rooms.
Almost two hours later, power was restored and play resumed.
The Raiders struggled to get back into the groove after the one hour and 45 minute delay and were outshot by the Oil Kings 14-5 in the first period.
Appearing in his 11th straight game, Raiders backstop Cole Cheveldave stopped all 14 Oil King shots in the first period.
Raiders left wing Carson Perreaux opened scoring late, sneaking the puck past Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry with less than two minutes remaining in the first period.
The Raiders maintained their one-goal lead throughout most of the second period, but gave up a late penalty shot to Lazar, who deked out Cheveldave to tie the game.
Perhaps a token of gratitude for going after Hart in the first period, Reinhart fed Moroz who beat Cheveldave to put the Oil Kings ahead.
With their backs against the wall facing a fourth straight loss, Raiders coach Cory Clouston pulled Cheveldave in the closing minutes of the third period for the extra attacker, allowing center Reid Gardiner to tie the game with less than 20 seconds remaining.
With an assist on Gardiner's goal, Raiders defensman Josh Morrissey tallied his 96th point as a Raider, surpassing associate coach Dave Manson's career total of 95.
Center Leon Draisaitl also had an assist on Gardiners goal, ending his longest scoring drought of the season at two games.
The Raiders were outshot 5-2 in the overtime period, heading into their second shootout of the season.
Draisaitl, a perfect 2-2 in the shootout this season, contributed the Raiders lone shootout goal.
As he did in last Tuesday's shootout victory over the Vancouver Giants, Cheveldave stopped all three Oil Kings shooters to secure the win.
The Raiders will reuturn home to Prince Albert where they will have four days rest and will face the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Art Hauser Centre on Sunday.
RAIDER NOTES: Not dressed for the Raiders were Dakota Conroy, Tyler Dea, Darcy Zaharichuk and Gage Quinney... Center Mike Winther is back in the lineup after missing seven games due to injury. Winther had not played since Sept. 28 against the Brandon Wheat Kings... Raiders defenseman Josh Morrissey surpassed associate coach Dave Manson's career total of 95 points in three seasons as a Raider.