Despite pouring 36 shots on Saskatoon Blades goaltender Nolan Maier, the Prince Albert Raiders were only able to find the back of the net twice in a 3-2 road loss Sunday afternoon.
Jordy Stallard and Curtis Miske scored for the Raiders, while Ian Scott stopped 22 shots in the loss.
Trailing 1-0 in the second Stallard lit the lamp on the power play, going over the shoulder of Maier for his 23rd goal of the season, tying the contest at 1-1.
The Blades struck back quickly, but the Raiders kept pushing back as Curtis Miske brought the Raiders back to 2-2 after two periods of play.
After controlling much of the play through forty minutes and sitting tied up after two, things looked positive for the visiting Raiders but Maier shut the door and Alec Zawatsky beat Ian Scott for the winning goal on the rush with a top corner shot from the slot with 5:04 to go in the third.
“For us, it was a good road game,” said Raiders Assistant Coach Dave Manson. “But in games like this it’s not what you give, it’s what you give up. We gave up some opportunities to some good players and they were opportunistic on their chances.”
With the loss, the Raiders’ gap on the Blades in the Eastern Conference standings is down to four points. Next up for Prince Albert is a Tuesday trip to Swift Current before returning to the Art Hauser Centre to take on Lethbridge on Wednesday. Friday night, The Raiders host Kelowna for the final game before the holiday break.
1-0, Blades, Cameron Hebig from Braylon Shmyr and Josh Paterson, 4:58
1-1, Raiders, Jordy Stallard from Max Martin and Cole Fonstad (PPG), 3:48
2-1, Blades, Bradly Goethals from Libor Hajek, 6:36
2-2, Raiders, Curtis Miske from Sean Montgomery and Devon Skoleski, 13:01
3-2, Blades, Alec Zawatsky from Seth Bafaro and Jackson Caller, 5:04
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