Raiders fall to Warriors in back-and-forth affair

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The Prince Albert Raiders suffered their first loss since returning to action from the Christmas break, falling 4-3 to the Moose Jaw Warriors at Mosaic Place on Tuesday.

The Warriors, who handed the Raiders a seventh straight loss prior to the break in their last meeting on Dec. 17 at the Art Hauser Centre, snapped the Raiders three-game win streak in a close back-and-forth contest on New Year's Eve.

Centre Brayden Point netted a pair of power play goals for the Warriors while defenceman Jesse Forsberg tallied the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining in the third period.

Following up on a three point performance against the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre on Monday, Raiders centre Reid Gardiner opened scoring late in the first period with his fifth goal in as many games.

After Raiders centre Carson Perreaux tallied a shorthanded marker midway through the second period to put the Raiders ahead 2-1, Point netted his first power play goal late in the period and then another just over a minute and a half into the third frame to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead.

Extending his point streak to three games, Raiders left wing Chance Braid tied things up on the power play midway through the third period, scoring his fourth goal of the season.

With Raiders backup goaltender Nick McBride competing at the World U-17 Challenge in Nova Scotia and a Junior-A backstop on the bench to replace him, starting goalie Cheveldave got his fifth straight start between the pipes for the Raiders on Tuesday.

After shutting out the Pats on Monday, Cheveldave suffered his 14th loss of the season, stopping 33 of 37 shots while on the other end of the ice, Warriors goalie Justin Paulic stopped 29 of 32.

Tied at three's, the Warriors won a draw in the Raiders zone, getting the puck to point where Forsberg fired the puck past Cheveldave to clinch the victory with 4:35 remaining.

With Point's pair of goals, the Warriors  went 2-for-4 on the power play and the Raiders went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Bouncing back from a seven-game losing streak which ended on Dec. 14, Tuesday's win was the Warriors fourth in five games, improving their season record to 12-22-6, sitting eleven points out of a playoff spot.

The Raiders head back home where they will have two days rest before taking on 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, Brendan Guhle and Ben Verrall … 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 .. Left wing Collin Valcourt, who made his Raiders debut against the Pats on Monday, tallied an assist on Gardiner's opening goal. Left wing Calder Brooks, acquired from the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, notched an assist on Braid's third period marker  ... 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 ... The Raiders announced on Monday that they have reassigned Mahura to the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Mahura was pointless with two penalty minutes and a rating of minus-1 in two games with the Raiders ... Still with the team; Parenteau hails from the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League while Verrall, a healthy scratch on Tuesday, was recalled from the Midget-AAA Moose Jaw Generals.


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