Raiders fall short in Game 2 goaltending duel

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Edmonton Oil Kings centre Henrik Samuelsson can't get the puck past Prince Albert's Cole Cheveldave during the second period of Game 2 of their conference quarter-final series on Sunday at Rexall Place. Photo by Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

The Prince Albert Raiders were on the losing end of a goaltending duel on Sunday, falling 3-1 to the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 2 of their conference quarter-final series at Rexall Place.

Both Raiders backstop Cole Cheveldave and Oil Kings keeper Tristan Jarry faced 32 shots with the latter coming out on top, making 31 saves to lift his team to a 2-0 series lead.

Oil Kings defenceman Dysin Mayo's go-ahead goal scored just under 13 minutes into the third period stood as the game-winner as both teams now make their way to Prince Albert for Games 3 and 4.

Raiders rookie goalie Nick McBride started eight of the Raiders last 10 regular season games but in the playoffs so far, Cheveldave has taken the reins between the pipes.

Cheveldave and Jarry battled through two periods of scoreless hockey until exactly 20 seconds into the third period, Raiders centre Dakota Conroy broke things open, scoring the game's opening goal off a wraparound feed from centre Leon Drasaitl.

Following up on a 32-save performance in Game 1 on Saturday, Cheveldave was nothing short of outstanding until about midway through the third period.

Facing just eight shots in the third frame, Cheveldave surrendered a trio of goals within a span of eight minutes to foil what had been an otherwise solid performance in net on Sunday. 

About seven minutes after Conroy's opening goal, Oil Kings centre Riley Kieser tied things up on a power play opportunity, netting his first of the series.

Less than four minutes after Kieser's game-tying marker, Mayo blasted his second of the series past Cheveldave from the slot to give the Oil Kings a 2-1 lead shortly before right wing Luke Bertolucci added an insurance marker less than three minutes later.

Scoreless on a pair of power play opportunties on Sunday, the Raiders poured 11 shots on Jarry in the third period but could not get past the 18-year-old goalie who has stopped 52 of 56 pucks in the series so far.

The Raiders will have a day off to recharge their batteries as they head home to take on the Oil Kings in Game 3 on Tuesday at the Art Hauser Centre.

RAIDER NOTES: Not dressed for the Raiders on Saturday were Craig Leverton, Tim Vanstone and Graeme Craig ... Craig remains sidelined with an upper-body injury sustained in a March 8 tilt with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Craig is not likely to return to action this season ... Saturday's Game 1 marked the opening of the first ever playoff series between the Raiders and Oil Kings ... In Game 1 on Saturday, Raiders defenceman Brandan Guhle scored for the first time this season. Guhle entered the playoffs as the only Raider to not find that back of the net during the regular season ... The Raiders have five players on their active roster hailing from Edmonton and surrounding areas.

Organizations: Raiders, Edmonton Oil Kings, Art Hauser Centre Brandon Wheat Kings

Geographic location: Edmonton

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