Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders (3-5-1-0) earned three of four possible points against the Brandon Wheat Kings (3-3-2-0) on the weekend.
Brandon’s Ty Lewis scored at the 2:00 mark of overtime to lift the defending WHL champions to a 4-3 win over the Raiders on Saturday night at the Art Hauser Centre.
Late in the first period, Brandon took a 1-0 lead when Reid Duke beat Raiders goaltender Ian Scott. The Raiders found the equalizer with 36 seconds left in the first. Nic Holowko found the back of the net for the second time in as many games.
The Raiders took the lead at the 6:12 mark of the second period. Simon Stransky scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to put the Raiders up 2-1. He kept on a two-on-one shorthanded rush and snuck it through Wheaties goaltender Jordan Papirny’s five hole. The lead didn’t last long as Brandon scored less than two minutes later. Garrett Sambrook beat Scott from the point on a deflected shot to level the score at 2-2.
Stransky took the initiative midway through the third period to give the Raiders the lead again. He was sent in behind the Wheat Kings’ defence by Holowko and beat Papirny through the five hole again. The lead held until there was 1:09 left in the third period. With Brandon’s net empty and the Raiders’ two men down, Tanner Kaspick snapped it past Scott to send the game to overtime
In the extra frame, Lewis got a measure of revenge for Friday night for the Wheat Kings when he scored the game-winning goal.
Scott made 25 saves in the loss for the Raiders. Papirny turned aside 35 shots for the Wheat Kings’ victory.
Up next for the Raiders is a three-game road trip through Alberta beginning on Friday night in Edmonton against the Oil Kings. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at the new Rogers Place. The next Raiders’ home game is on Friday, October 28 against the Spokane Chiefs. Game time is 7 p.m.