Even though the regular season doesn’t start until Sept. 19, goaltender Rylan Parenteau already knows he’ll finally begin his WHL career with the Prince Albert Raiders this season.
The Raiders only listed three goaltenders in their main camp rosters this week: Parenteau, returning goaltender Nick McBride and underager Ian Scott, who’s not eligible to play between the pipes this year.
By not bringing in any other tenders, the Raiders are going with McBride and Parenteau in goal for this season.
“We know that Ian’s not eligible to play (this season) and there’s no plans for anything else—there’s Nick McBride and Rylan Parenteau,” confirmed Bruno Campese, Raiders general manager. “Nick’s proved that he had a real good year last year and a great finish. He’s had a great training camp up until this point.
“Rylan had a great year in Weyburn. He played a lot games and a lot of minutes and he’s looked fine in training camp, as well.”
In last year’s camp, Parenteau and McBride competed for the backup spot behind 20-year-old Cole Cheveldave, with McBride winning the job.
Parenteau played his year with the Weyburn Red Wings of the SJHL as a 17-year-old rookie in the league. The Red Wings finished last in their division with a 21-28-3-4 record, but not because of Parenteau. He put up a .926 save percentage (eighth in the SJHL), a 2.72 goals against average and three shutouts.
“Coming out of camp last year, I was definitely disappointed, but that kinda motivated me to prove myself as a good starting goaltender. I felt that I did that exactly in Weyburn,” said Parenteau.
After his season with the Red Wings, Parenteau May 3 in Montreal with Team Saskatchewan, and was named as the tournament’s top goaltender. won the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships
He was also featured on hockey documentary show “Hit the Ice,” that’s broadcasted on national television network APTN. That was shot by Aug. 10 but has not yet been released.
“That was an unreal experience,” said Parenteau as his face lit up. “It was a first class organization. It was a neat experience to be on TV and I’m really looking forward to see how it all turns out on APTN.”
Three more players have been signed with the team moving into the preseason.
Parker Kelly, a 7th round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, is a 15 year old forward from Camrose, Alberta. Last season he played in 31 games for Camrose of the AMBHL scoring 35 goals and 25 assists for 58 points and amassed 38 penalty minutes.
Sean Montgomery, a native of Calgary, Alberta is a right handed centre. The 1998-born was drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and played the 2013/14 season with the Calgary Royals (AMHL) where he totalled 37 points (19g, 18a) in 35 games.
Curtis Roach, a ‘97-born, right-handed defenseman played the 2013/14 season with the Saskatoon Contacts of the SMAAAHL where he tallied 2 goals, 26 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 44 games. The Saskatoon product was invited to camp and played extremely well earning himself a list spot and contract with the Raiders.
Following last night’s Intra Squad game, the Raiders have trimmed their roster to 32 players (3 goalies, 12 defensemen, 17 forwards).
Team White 9 Team Green 4
The Raiders annual intrasquad game got a little lopsided as Team White beat up on Team Green 9-4.
Craig Leverton and Darcy Zaharichuk each had two goals and two assists in Team White's victory. Gage Quinney also found the back of the net twice for Team White.
Here's the complete game summary.
1. Team Green—Matteo Gennaro from Gavin Payne and Curtis Roach, 8:18
2. Team White—Craig Leverton from Darcy Zaharichuk, 8:35
3. Team White—Gage Quinney from Craig Leverton and Caleb Seaman, 10:11
4. Team White—Craig Leverton from Darcy Zaharichuk and Hunter Warner, 5:19
5. Team Green—Jordan Tkatch from (SH) 7:36
6. Team White—Tomas Andrlik from Josh Morrissey and Dylan Stewart (PP) 7:53
7. Team White—Reid Gardiner from Dylan Stewart 8:09
8. Team White—Gage Quinney, 12:15
9. Team Green—Shaun Montgomery from Zachary Hayes, 4:01
10. Team White—Darcy Zaharichuk, 7:09
11. Team White—Darcy Zaharichuk from Brendan Guhle, Craig Leverton, 7:48
12. Team Green—Josh Maser from Cody Paivarinta, Sawyer Lange, 9:47
13. Team White—Tyler Maser from Tyler Heidt, 18:55
Rylan Parenteau, 19-24
Ian Scott, 19-23
Nick McBride, 27-31
The Raiders will play two preseason games this weekend in Regina against the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday and the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. Both start at 3pm.
They will return home Sept. 5 to face the Saskatoon Blades at the Art Hauser Centre. All preseason games can be heard on 900 CKBI.
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