Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders (21-44-5-2) ended the 2016-17 season on a good note on Saturday night at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Raiders handed the rival Saskatoon Blades (28-35-7-2) a 5-1 loss to split the season-ending home-and-home series.
It was Saskatoon that opened the scoring 5:39 into the first period. Mason McCarty pounced on a rebound to put the Blades up 1-0.
That lead held until the second period when the Raiders took over the game. Simon Stransky snapped a shot through goaltender Brock Hamm for his 21st of the season at the 5:24 mark. Then, following a fight between Tim Vanstone and Evan Fiala that led to Fiala drawing an extra penalty, Stransky made the Blades pay with his second of the night, giving the Raiders a 2-1 lead with 8:25 remaining in the frame. The Raiders scored once more before the end of the period. Curtis Miske converted a great feed from Stransky on the power play to make it a 3-1 game after 40 minutes.
In the third, the Raiders kept coming. Adam Kadlec broke in on a rush and snapped it past Hamm 6:11 into the frame to make it a three-goal game. Less than two minutes later, Cody Paivarinta beat Hamm from the slot to round out the scoring at 5-1.
Ian Scott had a strong showing in goal again, stopping 24 shots to earn his 12th win of the year. The Raiders got five goals past Hamm on 31 shots.