Brandon, MB – Austin Glover scored 45 seconds into overtime to give the Prince Albert Raiders a 3-2 win against the Wheat Kings in Brandon on Friday night.
Simon Stransky picked the pocket of the Wheat Kings deep in the Raiders’ end and turned on the jet. He entered the Wheat Kings’ end and fed a streaking Austin Glover, who snapped past a diving Logan Thompson.
The win snapped the Raiders’ three-game losing skid. The Raiders are now 2-0 when games go beyond regulation.
The Raiders got on the board first early in the first period. Luke Coleman wired a backhander past Thompson following a nice pass from Sean Montgomery. With 5:36 remaining in the first, the Wheaties tied the game. Ty Lewis found the puck in a scrum in front of Ian Scott and picked the top corner to send the game to the intermission tied 1-1.
In the second, Nic Holowko scored his first goal as a Raider to restore his team’s one-goal lead. He pounced on a rebound from Vojtech Budik’s point shot to break the deadlock.
The Wheat Kings tied the game again in the third with their second power-play goal of the game. Tanner Kaspick found the back of the net through a screened Scott to make it 2-2 with 7:02 to play.
That score held until overtime, setting the stage for Glover’s overtime heroics.
Scott made 32 stops – a number of them of the spectacular variety – to earn his second win of the season. Thompson made 34 saves in the loss for the Wheat Kings.
The Raiders finish the home-and-home series with the Wheat Kings on Saturday night at the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m.
Saturday is also Pink In The Rink Night at the Art Hauser Centre. The Raiders will donate $1 from every walk-up ticket sold at the box office or online to Victoria Hospital. In addition, Hair Revolution will be cutting hair in the Johnny Bower Lobby. Adult cuts are $10, while kids are $5. Plus, they will be giving pink highlights for $3. Finally, Raiders captain Tim Vanstone will shave his head following the game if the fans raise $2,500.