Raiders fall to relentless Rebels in OT; Regan returns

By Jeff D'Andrea
January 30, 2018 - 10:22pm

The Prince Albert Raiders had the lead on three separate occasions, but couldn’t put away the Red Deer Rebels Tuesday at the Art Hauser Centre. The Rebels tied the game all three times, eventually winning in overtime 4-3.

Rebels forward Kristian Reichel scored the tying goal in the third and the overtime winner to win the game for the relentless visitors.

With a 3-2 lead in the third period, the Reichel was able to tie on a costly turnover. Raiders goaltender Ian Scott tried to paddle the puck to his defenceman Zack Hayes. Instead, it went right on Reichel’s stick for an easy tap in.

“That’s a shot I’m sure he wants back,” Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid said.

Scott entered the game with the hot hand. He played in all of the Raiders’ five previous games and put up a 4-0-1 record and a .925 save percentage.

But Habscheid wasn’t overly pleased with Scott, who surrendered four goals on 23 Rebels’ shots.

“I didn’t like three of their four goals, honestly,” Habscheid said.

With the point, the Raiders are now three points back of the Saskatoon Blades for an WHL Eastern Conference wildcard spot with one game in hand.

Overtime is no stranger to both of these clubs. The Rebels are now tied for the WHL lead with 17 overtime appearances, equaling that total with the Tri-City Americans. The Raiders are now just one back with 16.

Nagy back in

When Regan Nagy left the Jan. 20 game against the Medicine Hat Tigers, it didn’t look good. He fell awkwardly on his knee and didn’t put any weight on the injured leg as he was helped to the bench. But just 10 days later, Nagy returned to the lineup.

“I got pretty lucky, it was a pretty scary fall for a second,” Nagy said. “I thought I was going to be out longer than I was but things kept progressing.”

The Raiders acquired the 20-year-old Ogema product from the Victoria Royals on Jan. 2. He has three goals and nine points in as many games for the Raiders.

“You could tell he was out for a bit,” Habscheid said. “He didn’t have the pace he normally has but it’s a good game for him to get rid of some of the rust. He didn’t play with a lot of pace, and expectedly so.

“Every day he’s going to get better. He’s been off the ice for a while. We’re lucky to have him back this quick.”

We’re going streaking! Up through the quad, into the gymnasium

Two Raiders were able to keep their scoring streaks alive. Captain Curtis Miske scored in the second period to extend his streak to eight games with at least a point—five goals and 13 points in that span. Defenceman Vojtech Budik registered an assist on Miske’s goal, extending his streak to seven games—five goals and 12 points in that time.

Scoring touch

First Period

No scoring.

Second Period

1-0, Raiders, Justin Nachbaur (unassisted), 9:38

1-1, Rebels, Mason McCarty from Kristian Reichel, 10:33

2-1, Raiders, Curtis Miske from Vojtech Budik and Max Martin, 11:37

2-2, Rebels, Alex Morozoff from Brandon Hagel, 13:48

Third Period

3-2, Raiders, Eric Pearce from Brett Leason, 2:27

3-3, Rebels, Kristian Reichel, 7:43

Overtime

4-3, Rebels, Kristian Reichel from Brandon Hagel and Dawson Barteaux, 2:37

Little extra

The Rebels thought they took a 3-2 lead near the end of the second period, but the officials ruled that Rebels forward Mason McCarty interfered with Raiders goaltender Ian Scott.

In the dying seconds of the second period, Justin Nachbaur leveled Kristian Reichel with a big-time check. Play stopped to allow Rebels athletic therapist Terence Robertson to examine Reichel, but the Czech international returned for the third period to score twice. 

Rivals coming up

The Raiders will play their final home game of their four-game stand on Friday against the Saskatoon Blades. On Saturday, the Raiders will look to beat the Regina Pats on the road. They’ll return home to the Art Hauser Centre on Wednesday to face the Kootenay ICE.

 

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