For the second time this season, the Prince Albert Raiders went to extra time against the Swift Current Broncos, picking up a point in a 5-4 overtime loss in Swift Current Tuesday night.
Sean Montgomery and Devon Skoleski had two points each for the Raiders and Curtis Meger made 44 saves in net, helping the team to a 4-3 lead in the third period before the Broncos came back and won it in the extra frame.
Tied 3-3 in the third, Skoleski advanced the puck to Montgomery who used his speed in the offensive zone, circling around the Broncos defense and finding Brayden Pachal sneaking down on the far point, getting the puck on his stick as he beat Broncos goaltender Joel Hofer to make it 4-3 with 9:25 to play in the regulation.
For Pachal, the goal was a big one as he was able to bust his goalless drought this year.
“I think I was in a little bit of a slump these last couple games, a lot of chances but nothing has been going in for me,” said Pachal. “Monty made a great pass to me and I was fortunate enough to bury, so it’s good to get that one out of the way.”
Just like the last time these two teams met on Nov 24 in Prince Albert, Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin found the back of the net in the third to tie the game and force overtime.
In the extra frame, the Raiders had a couple good looks, particularly on a shot by Parker Kelly on a two-on-one with Jordy Stallard, but Hofer kept the puck out allowing Minulin to end it as he beat Meger with 1:16 to play in the overtime period.
The Broncos jumped out to a 1-0 lead, and later a 2-1 lead after the first period, but Pachal felt the Raiders did a good job of digging in when they fell behind.
“I think we battled back, we had a little bit of a tough start again and we came along as the game went, we built a strong game. It was good to get a point against a strong team in Swift,” said Pachal.
The Raiders built up a 3-2 lead in the second on goals from Stallard and Curtis Miske, but Sahvan Khaira drew the Broncos even at 3-3 with just ten seconds remaining in the middle frame, setting up a fresh start in the third.
1-0, Broncos, Aleksi Heponiemi (PPG) from Glenn Gawdin and Matteo Gennaro, 3:31
1-1, Raiders, Sean Montgomery from Devon Skoleski, 4:27
2-1, Broncos, Connor Horning from Kaden Elder and Matteo Gennaro, 9:37
2-2, Raiders, Jordy Stallard from Cole Fonstad and Vojtech Budik, 1:
3-2, Raiders, Curtis Miske (four-on-four), 2:37
3-3, Broncos, Sahvan Khaira from Matteo Gennaro and Aleksi Heponiemi, 19:50
4-3, Raiders, Brayden Pachal from Sean Montgomery and Devon Skoleski, 10:35
4-4, Broncos, Glenn Gawdin from Matteo Gennaro and Aleksi Heponiemi, 13:40
5-4, Broncos, Artyon Minulin from Glenn Gawdin and Kaden Elder, 3:44
Budik relishes national team opportunity
On Monday, the Raiders announced defenceman Vojtech Budik has been invited to training camp with the Czech Republic for the 2018 U20 World Hockey Championships in Buffalo, NY.
After getting a taste of the tournament last year, Budik is looking forward to the opportunity this holiday season.
“I think it’s a huge privilege to play with the national team. I was there at the last World Junior in Montreal, I only played two games but it was a good experience for sure, and I’m so excited to go there and work for it,” said Budik. “Obviously it’s only camp so hopefully I will make the team.”
Home sweet home
After playing 11 of 12 games on the road since Nov 4, the Raiders will play back-to-back home games beginning Wednesday night against Medicine Hat. After facing the Tigers, the Raiders will host the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night.
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