Raiders lose special teams battle in 3rd to Pats

By Jeff D'Andrea
January 17, 2018 - 10:29pm

The Prince Albert Raiders lost the specialty teams battle at crucial times against the Regina Pats on Wednesday, directly leading to their 4-3 defeat at the Art Hauser Centre.

Tied at 2-2 at the beginning of the third period, the Raiders had a two-man advantage for 1:02 and couldn’t cash in despite good chances in front. Pats’ Ryan Kubic stopped Kody McDonald from the left hash-marks with a blocker save, and while lying on his belly, robbed Brett Leason with his glove hand.

“We had two point-blank chances, so that was good, we just didn’t cash in,” Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid said. “The chances were there, that’s what we wanted…Their goalie made a couple good saves.”

After the kill for the Pats, they scored goals on their next two power plays to make a 2-2 game a 4-2 game. Matt Bradley scored his second goal of the game as the go-ahead, and Jesse Gabrielle made scored the game-winning goal.

Even with Jordy Stallard’s stunning shorthanded score with five minutes remaining to make it a 4-3 game and make the Pats sweat in the game, the damage was already done.

“I think they got a little momentum there. If we could have scored on that, that’s good for us,” Raiders forward Regan Nagy said after a two-assist effort. “But that happens. We just got to get over that and keep working hard. When we get chances like that, just capitalize on the next one.”

The Raiders remain winless against the Pats this year with a 0-3-2 record. Four of those games, including Wednesday’s contest, were one-goal games. Two ended in overtime. The Raiders sit at 16-20-6-2 on the season.

“It’s close, but they got a lot of depth and talented guys,” Habscheid said. “They get a chance and they make some real good plays. That makes a difference for them.”

Playing against his hometown team, Raiders goaltender Curtis Meger make two saves on partial breakaways on Cameron Hebig and Jesse Gabrielle. Shortly after, Raiders forward Cole Fonstad drew a penalty shot opportunity, but was stopped by Pats goaltender Ryan Kubic low on the stick side.

Jake Leschyshyn scored the Pats’ opening goal. That’s Leschyshyn’s fifth goal against the Raiders in as many games—meaning a third of his 15 goals so far this season have come against the Green and Gold.

Curtis Miske, who turned 21 on Wednesday, scored his 14th goal of the season. 

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0, Raiders, Vojtech Budik from Curtis Miske and Regan Nagy, 5:02

1-1, Pats, Jake Leschyshyn from Cameron Hebig, 19:55

Second Period

2-1, Raiders, Curtis Miske from Regan Nagy, 17:47

2-2, Pats, Matt Bradley from Logan Nijhoff, 18:12

Third Period

3-2, Pats, Matt Bradley from Libor Hajek (power play), 5:19

4-2, Pats, Jesse Gabrielle from Sam Steel and Cameron Hebig (power play), 6:54

4-3, Raiders, Jordy Stallard from Jeremy Masella (shorthanded), 15:07

Weekend Raiders

After a day off on Thursday, the Raiders will play three games in a row in a weekend Alberta trip, Friday against the Red Deer Rebels, Saturday against the Medicine Hat Tigers and Sunday against the Calgary Hitmen.


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