Hogue earns first WHL win as Raiders fall to Hurricanes 3-2

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Despite outshooting their opponent by a wide 43-20 margin, the Prince Albert Raiders fell to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 on Wednesday at the Enmax Centre.

Hurricanes backstop and Lethbridge native Jonny Hogue earned his first WHL win in front of his hometown crowd on Wednesday. Hogue stopped 41 shots and blanked the Raiders on a trio of power play opportunities to secure his first win in ten appearances between the pipes this season.

After falling to the Prince George Cougars 6-5 in a shootout on Monday at the Art Hauser Centre, the Raiders dropped their second straight game as their record fell to 23-24-3.

On the other end of the ice, starting backstop Cole Cheveldave stopped 17 shots in his first appearance in net since being sidelined with the flu last week, missing three games.   

Raiders defenceman Josh Morrissey kicked off scoring, giving the Raiders a early lead with his 16th goal of the season three and a half minutes into the opening period.

With a feed from Raiders centre and leading scorer Leon Draisaitl, Morrissey tallied his second goal of the night four and a half minutes later, extending the lead to 2-0. The Hurricanes struck back on the power play with a marker from left wing Jamal Watson to cut the Raiders lead down to one going into the second period.

The Raiders continued to put the pressure on Hogue in the second period, pouring 16 shots on the 17-year-old keeper.

The Hurricanes tied things up with a second unanswered goal when left wing Taylor Cooper tallied his 10th of the season with just over three minutes remaining in the frame to carry a 2-2 stalemate into the third period.

Hogue continued to stand his ground in the third period and midway through the frame, he had already faced 40 shots as the Raiders struggled to find the back of the net and regain the lead.

While Hogue was lights out in his end, right wing Brady Ramsay beat Cheveldave to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead with six and a half minutes to go in the period.

Applying heavy pressure, the Raiders never ceased the flurry of shots on the Hurricanes net, but  Hogue held on to the very last second, making a series of saves in the game's final moments to secure the 'Canes 10th win of the season, snapping an eight-game losing skid.

The Raiders continue on their brief road trip, facing the Kootenay Ice on Friday before returning home to take on the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday at the Art Hauser Centre.

RAIDER NOTES:  Not dressed for the Raiders on Wednesday were Ryan Coghlan, Tim Vanstone and Gage Quinney … Raiders centre Reid Gardiner has overtaken Draisaitl as the team's top goal scorer. Gardiner has netted 20 goals in 47 games this season. Draisaitl leads the team in scoring with 59 points in 42 games ... Going into Wednesday's game, the Raiders post the league's third-lowest penalty minutes total of 586 in 49 games ... The Raiders post a record of 16-1-0 when leading after two periods and are 17-6-0 when they strike first on the scoreboard ... On Wednesday the Raiders announced the passing of Raider alumni Warren Harper. Harper played for the Raiders between 1980 to 1983, playing for the team in both the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. In his lone WHL season, Harper tallied 32 points in 41 games and was a 1982 Centennial Cup Champion team.

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