Raiders face hot goaltending in 3-1 loss

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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In a far cry from their last meeting, the Prince Albert Raiders suffered their second straight loss on the road, falling to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-1 at the Enmax Centre on Friday.

Backstop Teagan Sacher stopped 31 of 32 shots, blanking the Raiders on the power play to secure the Hurricanes second win at home this season, improving their league worst record to 4-23-4.

The Raiders blasted the Hurricanes 8-2 in their last meeting on Nov. 23, scoring three goals in the first period however were held off the score sheet in the opening frame on Friday despite outshooting the Hurricanes 12-11.

Sacher, who allowed six Raiders goals in that Nov. 23 meeting, stood his ground in the scoreless first period facing rookie Nick McBride, appearing in his seventh start of the season between the pipes for the Raiders.

While a goaltender duel ensued throughout most of the second period the Hurricanes finally broke things open when centre Russell Maxwell tipped the puck past McBride to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead going into the final frame.

The Hurricanes continued to apply pressure and put pucks on the net, scoring another deflection goal off the stick of right wing Tyler Wong to hand the Raiders a two-goal deficit early in the third period.

Right Wing Dakota Conroy finally got the Raiders on the board midway through the third period, cutting the Hurricanes lead in half with a marker from defenceman Dylan Busenius and centre Leon Draisaitl who extended his point streak to five games.

Sacher however, continued to stand on his head and with just over a minute to go in the third period, Raiders coach Cory Clouston pulled McBride for the extra attacker. Shortly after McBride made his way to the bench, Hurricanes  left wing Riley Sheen  popped the puck in the empty net to clinch the win, snapping a seven-game losing streak for the Hurricanes.

The Raiders play the final game of their road trip against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday before returning home to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday at the Art Hauser Centre.

RAIDER NOTES:  Not dressed for the Raiders on Friday were Josh Morrissey, Mike Winther and Tyler Dea … Left wing Craig Leverton is back in the Raiders lineup after he was sidelined by a lower-body injury on Oct. 26 ... Going into Friday's game, centre Leon Draisaitl has posted nine points in his last three games, he has 13 multi-point games so far this season … Defenceman Josh Morrissey overtook Dean Kolstad, Nick Schlutz and Dave Van Drunen for second in all-time scoring by a Raiders defenceman with 37 goals … Morrissey, who was invited to Team Canada's World Junior Championship selection camp on Monday, is expected to depart for the camp on Dec. 11 following a tilt against the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Art Hauser Centre  ... Draisaitl has posted points in all but eight games this season and has not gone longer than two games without a point ... Draisaitl was named CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 1 on Tuesday. 

Organizations: Raiders, Enmax Centre, Edmonton Oil Kings Art Hauser Centre Team Canada

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