Victoria, B.C. – The Prince Albert Raiders (5-14-1-0) played a tight game with the Victoria Royals (12-8-2-0), but ultimately fell 3-1 on Tuesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

Royals #14 Eric Florchuk Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #14 Eric Florchuk
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Royals jumped on an early power-play opportunity in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Jared Dmytriw beat Raiders goaltender Nicholas Sanders to finish off a quick passing play 2:21 into the game.

Royals #27 Jared Dmytriw Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #27 Jared Dmytriw
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The score held at 1-0 until late in the second period thanks to Sanders. He turned aside Carter Folk on a breakaway chance late in the frame. That allowed the Raiders to tie the game on a power play with 3:49 remaining in the frame. Loch Morrison’s blast from the point got past Griffen Outhouse to send the game to the intermission tied 1-1.

Raiders # 30 Nicholas Sanders Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Raiders # 30 Nicholas Sanders
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

 

Early in the third, the Royals regained the lead. Matthew Phillips tipped a point shot past Sanders at the 3:06 mark of the period.

Royals #11 Matthew Phillips Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #11 Matthew Phillips
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Raiders applied pressure looking for the equalizer, but were unable to solve Outhouse for a second time in the game. Tyler Soy scored into the empty net to round out the scoring at 3-1.

Royals #30 Griffen Outhouse Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #30 Griffen Outhouse
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Sanders kept the Raiders in the game for most of the night. He finished the night with 27 saves in a losing effort. Outhouse stopped 25 Raiders shots to earn the win.

Raiders # 30 Nicholas Sanders Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Raiders # 30 Nicholas Sanders
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

 

The Raiders are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Langley to take on the Vancouver Giants.. Game time is 9 p.m. CST. The next Raiders’ home game is on Wednesday, November 23 against the Swift Current Broncos. Puck drop at the Art Hauser Centre is 7 p.m.