Stallard puts up another big night vs MH in shootout loss

By Jeff D'Andrea
December 6, 2017 - 10:25pm

Prince Albert Raiders’ 20-year-old Jordy Stallard has the Medicine Hat Tigers’ number this year.

He scored a pair of goals in Wednesday’s 5-4 shootout defeat to the Tigers in a seemingly rare home game at the Art Hauser Centre. The last time the two teams met, Stallard had a six-point night (one goal, five assists) on Oct. 7 in Medicine Hat, the only time a Raider player has done that on record since the 1996-97 season.

“I think it’s maybe a little bit of confidence, but I’m not too sure,” Stallard said. “It’s one of those things.”

Stallard has a big lead in just about every offensive department for the Raiders. The overager from Brandon, Man., has 21 goals and 41 points in 29 games played, and is the only Raider in triple digit shots with 106. He also leads the team in plus-minus at +7.

“To whom much is given, much is expected. He’s given a lot of ice time, he plays quality minutes, he plays lots of minutes but he responds,” Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid said. “He’s scored some big goals for us and he’s been a good player for us.”

The Raiders have played in 10 games this year that have gone past the 60-minute mark and they have won just three of them (2-5 in overtime, 1-2 in a shootout).

That’s the fifth game in the Raiders’ last seven that have gone beyond regulation time.

“It seems lately we’re kinda in that funk again of losing in shootouts and overtime,” Raiders assistant captain Parker Kelly said. “But if you look at it positively, we’re getting points and that’s what matters right now.”

“They had a really good chance there, but for the most part I thought we were in their end and controlling the play,” added Kelly about Wednesday’s overtime period. “We just have to make sure when we get that one opportunity, we bury it. We’ve been working a bit on overtime in practice, it’s on its way. Right now it’s okay, but right now, the point’s okay—but it’d be great if we got the two points.”

The Raiders owned the shot clock 53-37, but ran into a hot goaltender in Jordan Hollett who made 49 saves in the game. Ian Scott stopped 33, none better than his stop in overtime.

The Raiders maintain their .500 record with an 11-11-5-2 record. The Central Division leading Tigers improve to 17-11-1-0 on the season.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0, Tigers, Ryan Jevne from Ryan Chyzowski, 16:22

Second Period

1-1, Raiders, Jordy Stallard from Cole Fonstad and Vojtech Budik (power play), 9:23

2-1, Tigers, Mark Rassell from Max Gerlach and James Hamblin, 15:06

2-2, Raiders, Jordy Stallard from Parker Kelly, 17:01

3-2, Raiders, Vojtech Budik from Zack Hayes and Curtis Miske, 19:37

Third Period

3-3, Tigers, David Quenneville from Mark Rassell and James Hamblin, 3:11

4-3, Tigers, Mark Rassell from Jaeger White, 8:28

4-4, Raiders, Eric Pearce from Austin Crossley and Brett Leason, 13:02

Looking ahead

The Raiders will stick around the Art Hauser Centre for Friday’s Teddy Bear Toss game against the Kamloops Blazers.

Although Stallard already has 21 goals, he predicted his linemate Cole Fonstad would score the Teddy Bear Toss goal. Kelly went “off the charts” and picked rookie Eric Pearce, who scored his second WHL career goal on Wednesday.

Although they’ll be back on the road, Sunday against the Saskatoon Blades and Tuesday against the Swift Current Broncos, the Raiders will still play two more home games next week. They’ll take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday and the Kelowna Rockets on Friday before their holiday break.

 

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