Edmonton, AB – The Prince Albert Raiders had a slow start to their Alberta road trip on Friday night, dropping a 3-1 game to the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rogers Place.
The Raiders (3-6-1-0) had some jump early in the game as Parker Kelly opened the scoring. He tipped Cody Paivarinta’s point shot past Oil Kings goaltender Patrick Dea at the 2:40 mark of the first. The lead lasted until there was 5:43 left on the clock in the opening frame. Will Warm beat Raiders goaltender Ian Scott on a two-on-one rush to make it a 1-1 game at the break.
In the second, the Oil Kings (4-5-2-0) tallied the lone marker. Trey Fix-Wolansky was left all alone in the slot and snapped it past Scott’s glove hand. Luke Coleman tried to spark his team, decisively winning a fight with Warm with just more than five minutes to play in the period.
About three minutes into the third, the Raiders demonstrated their physicality again. Zack Hayes levelled Ty Gerla against the boards. When Gerla got back up, Hayes dropped the gloves and took him to the ice once again.
A late power play sealed the win for the Oil Kings. Aaron Irving’s blast from the point beat a screened Scott with 2:32 to play, wrapping up the scoring 3-1.
Scott finished the game with 35 saves in a losing effort. Patrick Dea earned the win by stopping 32 Raider shots.
The Raiders continue their road trip on Saturday night in Red Deer when they face off against the Rebels. Both games start at 7 p.m. The road trip ends in Calgary on Sunday as the Raiders tangle with the Hitmen. Game time is 4 p.m.
The Raiders return to the Art Hauser Centre on Friday, October 28 against the Spokane Chiefs.