Raiders look to start streak in Morrissey's homecoming

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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It’s been over a month since the Prince Albert Raiders strung a pair of wins together, something they’ll need to do if they wish to claw their way back into the post-season picture. 

Sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 25-26-3, the Raiders are five points behind the Red Deer Rebels for the eighth and final playoff spot with 18 games to go in the regular season schedule.

The last time the Raiders won two straight games was on Dec. 30 after a 4-0 victory over the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre. 

With a win on home ice on Saturday, the Raiders will look to carry the keys to victory from their 3-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers into the Scotiabank Saddledome where they take on the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday. 

“One of the thing we’ve talked about is carrying things over from a good game,” Raiders captain Josh Morrissey said. “We played really well against Swift Current and it didn’t carry over into our game against Moose Jaw. We need to take the good things from (Saturday’s win) and carry it into our game on Tuesday.”

After knocking off the Tigers on Saturday, the Raiders have beaten all but one team in the Eastern Conference, the Hitmen.

Down two games in the four-game season series, Morrissey said there is just something about playing in Calgary that gets him and his team fired up.

“Calgary is a good team,” said Morrissey, a native of Calgary. “It always seems like we play well in Calgary for some reason. For myself going home and playing in my hometown, it’s going to be a big game.”

In the two team’s last meeting on Jan. 7 at the Art Hauser Centre, the Raiders fell to the Hitmen 4-2.

To get their first winning streak in over a month going, the Raiders will need to get past two of the league’s top teams in the Hitmen and the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday at Rexall Place. 

They’ll have their work cut out for them as both team’s are red hot. The Hitmen are riding a three-game streak while the Oil Kings have won a league-high 11 straight games. 

On Tuesday, the Raiders will look to contain Calgary’s trio of potent forwards in centres Greg Chase, Brady Brassart and left wing Jake Virtanen who is projected to be a first round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.   

The puck drops at 8 p.m. when the Raiders take on the Hitmen on Tuesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

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