The Blizzard of Ozz scores in his WHL debut, but Raiders fall in OT to Hitmen

By Jeff D'Andrea
January 21, 2018 - 7:49pm

The Prince Albert Raiders were three minutes away from an impressive three-games-in-three-nights road game sweep, but the Calgary Hitmen had other ideas.

The Raiders held a 3-1 lead late, but surrendered three straight goals to the Hitmen to fall 4-3 in overtime. The Raiders still finished with five out of a possible six points on the weekend and move to just four points back of the second wildcard spot, with a game in hand. The Saskatoon Blades, who currently occupy that spot, fell 5-3 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday.

The Raiders appeared to wait for an offside whistle on Jakob Stukel’s tying goal, but the officials ruled that ex-Raider draft pick Jake Kryski held the line legally.

Another former Raider, Luke Coleman, scored shorthanded with 3:01 left to make it a 3-2 game. Hitmen forward Conner Chaulk ended it with a shorthanded breakaway goal, beating two Raiders to the the loose puck behind them.

The Blizzard of Ozz

Prince Albert Raiders prospect Ozzy Wiesblatt made his WHL debut on Sunday in his hometown of Cowtown and was able to score his first goal in his first opportunity.

Wiesblatt, the Raiders’ second round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, got the ol’ ‘skate by yourself’ treatment in warmups.

Wiesblatt took the spot of 20-year-old Regan Nagy, who was left out of the lineup after being withdrawn from Saturday’s game to injury. Nagy fell awkwardly on his knee in the third period after battling for a puck with Tigers defenceman Dalton Gally.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0, Raiders, Kody McDonald from Cole Fonstad (power play), 4:38

Second Period

2-0, Raiders, Sean Montgomery from Vojtech Budik and Jeremy Masella, 6:49

2-1, Hitmen, Riley Stotts from Jake Kryski, 16:39

Third Period

3-1, Raiders, Ozzy Wiesblatt from Curtis Miske, 3:47

3-2, Hitmen, Luke Coleman from Riley Stotts, 16:59

3-3, Hitmen, Jakob Stukel from Jake Kryski, 18:33

Overtime

4-3, Hitmen, Conner Chaulk from Dakota Krebs and Nick Schneider (shorthanded), 3:37

Little rest then some home cookin’

The Raiders will get four days to rest and prepare for two home games this weekend, Friday against former Raider first round pick Rhett Rhinehart and the Prince George Cougars, and Saturday against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

 

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