Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders (4-8-1-0) were unable to dig themselves out of a three-goal deficit on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre, falling 4-2 to the visiting Spokane Chiefs (6-6-1-1).
Cavin Leth and Brendan Guhle scored the Raiders’ goal in the loss, which was their third in the last four games.
Following a scoreless first period, the Chiefs exploded for three goals in the second period. Ethan McIndoe opened the scoring for the visitor with his third of the season three minutes into the frame. About two minutes later, Jeff Faith made it a 2-0 game for Spokane. Jaret Anderson-Dolan tallied the Chiefs’ final goal of the period. The goal ended Ian Scott’s night after facing 19 shots in just more than 30 minutes of game time.
The Raiders appeared to cut into Spokane’s lead before the end of the period. Cameron Reagan’s blast from the point beat Chiefs goaltender Jayden Sittler, but he didn’t beat the buzzer. Time expired in the frame before the puck crossed the line.
In the third, Leth scored his first goal as a Raider when he fired a shot past Sittler for a power-play goal at the 11:08 mark. However, 14 seconds later, Hudson Elynuik beat Nicholas Sanders to restore the Chiefs’ three-goal lead. With 14 seconds left in the game, Brendan Guhle wired a shot off the cross bar and in to make it a 4-2 game.
Sittler finished the game with 22 saves on the evening in the win. Sanders made 10 saves in relief.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Raiders They host the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night in the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m.