Raiders backstop 16-year-old Nick McBride stopped 42 of 43 Regina Pats shots enroute to his first WHL win. Herald photo by Perry Bergson.
Prince Albert Raiders rookie goaltender Nick McBride secured his first WHL win, stopping a career high 42 shots to lift the Raiders to a 3-1 win over the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre on Wednesday.
The 16-year-old Maple Ridge, B.C. native McBride only needed two periods to top his career high of 30 saves in a single game, stopping 33 shots going into the third period, enroute to snapping the Pats six-game win streak.
The Pats outshot the Raiders 43-20 but McBride looked sharp in his second career WHL start, blanking the Pats on six power play opportunities.
Outshot 18-6 in the first period, the Raiders gave McBride some offensive support when Raiders defenceman Dylan Busenius scored on the power play with less than two minutes remaining in the opening period to put the Raiders ahead 1-0. Raiders centre Jayden Hart, back in the lineup after missing two games due to injury, notched an assist on Busenius' third tally of the season.
Despite riding a six-game win streak, the Pats opted to rest Prince Albert native, goaltender Dawson MacAuley. Instead, the Pats gave the start to overage backstop Mac Engel for his first game of the season and first in a Pats uniform.
Pats left wing Boston Leier evened things up mid-way through the second period with a highlight reel goal, beating Busenius one-on-one and sliding the puck past McBride in the lone goal of the second period.
Hart found himself on the score sheet again with the game winning goal, beating Engel with a wrist shot high in the slot to put the Raiders ahead 2-1 less than five minutes into the third period.
The Raiders struck again on the power play as defenceman Josh Morrissey, who lead the Raiders in scoring against the Pats last season, scored the go-ahead goal with an assist from centre Leon Draisaitl who extended his point streak to three games.
McBride would continue his strong performance; hanging on to secure the Raiders first win in regulation since Oct. 2, a 4-1 triumph over the Red Deer Rebels.
The Pats will follow the Raiders back home to Prince Albert where the two teams will meet again on Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.
RAIDER NOTES: Not Dressed for the Raiders on Wednesday were Tyler Dea, MacKenze Stewart, Lance Yaremchuk and Matteo Gennaro...Centre Leon Draisaitl has recorded a goal and two assists in three games this season…Draisaitl has scored a point in all but three games so far this season... Wednesday's game was the first game of the season goalie Cole Cheveldave did not make an appearance...Pats goaltender Dawson MacAuley, a native of Prince Albert, did not start in net for the Pats despite a six-game winning streak...