The newest additions to the Prince Albert Raiders roster continue to make an impact as left wing Collin Valcourt's first goal with his new team lifted the Raiders to a 4-0 triumph over the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre on Monday.
Raiders backstop Cole Cheveldave secured his 12th career WHL shutout, his second of the season, stopping all 27 Pats shots. On the other end of the ice, Pats goalie and Prince Albert native Dawson MacAuley suffered his 11th loss of the season.
Making his Raiders debut, Valcourt, acquired by the Raiders from the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday, got the Raiders on the board with a power play goal 17 seconds into the second period. Raiders defenceman Ryan Coghlan who was acquired from the Blades in the same deal, was eager to stand up for his new teammates, dropping the gloves with Pats right wing Connor Gay late in the scoreless first period.
In addition to Valcourt's game-winner, centre Reid Gardiner netted a pair of insurance goals for the Raiders, while left wing Carson Perreaux contributed his 10th of the season late in the third period.
The Raiders dominance over the Pats power play unit this season continued as the Pats were 0-for-3 with the man advantage on Monday and are now a dismal 2-for-21 against the Raiders penalty killing corps this season.
Gardiner scored the go-ahead goal shorthanded five minutes into the third period. Less than three minutes after Perreaux's marker, Gardiner added his second of the night on the power play with less than a minute remaining as the Raiders cruised to their third straight victory.
The Raiders remain an undefeated 5-0-0 against the Pats this season as they gain valuable ground in the playoff race. With the win, the Raiders find themselves back in playoff position as they jump the Pats in the Eastern Conference standings and improve their record to 20-16-2.
The Raiders road trip continues as they take on the Moose Jaw Warriors at Mosaic Place on Tuesday before they head home to face the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday at the Art Hauser Centre.
RAIDER NOTES: Not dressed for the Raiders on Monday were Josh Morrissey, Leon Draisaitl, Matteo Gennaro, Ben Verall and Dakota Conroy … Morrissey and Draisaitl are in Sweden competing in the WJHC while Gennaro, Guhle and backstop Nick Mcbride are all representing Team Pacific in the World U-17 in Nova Scotia. The three players competing in the U-17 tournament are expected to be out of the lineup for at least two more games … Conroy is out with the flu ... All three players acquired in a pair of trades made by the Raiders on Saturday were in the lineup on Monday. Defenceman Ryan Coghland and forward Calder Brooks played their second game in a Raiders uniform, while left wing Collin Valcourt made his Raiders debut ... The Raiders recalled three players on Friday: Forward Luke Mahura, goaltender Rylan Parenteau and defenceman Ben Verrall were all recalled to replace the trio of Raiders competing in the U-17 tournament ... Mahura hails from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Parenteau from the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League while Verrall was recalled from the Midget-AAA Moose Jaw Generals