Brandon, MB – The Prince Albert Raiders (3-4-1-0) were unable to dig out of a three-goal hole on Saturday night, falling 5-3 to the Brandon Wheat Kings (6-2-0-1) at Westman Place.


Brandon took the lead 7:12 into the first period. Connor Gutenberg scored at the tail end of a Raiders’ penalty. Shortly after, a clearing attempt from the top of Curtis Meger’s crease hit a body in front of the goal and bounced in to put the Wheat Kings up 2-0. With 24 seconds left in the first, Evan Weinger finished off a three-on-rush with a tap-in goal to put the Wheat Kings ahead 3-0 after 20 minutes.


The Raiders got back into the game in the second period using their power play. Jordy Stallard, the Brandon, MB product, scored two near-identical goals with the man advantage on cross-ice passes from Cole Fonstad. Those goals came five minutes apart.


The Wheat Kings restored their two-goal lead with 2:24 left in the second. Stelio Mattheos chipped a shot over Meger’s shoulder off the rush to give Brandon a 4-2 lead after two periods.


In the third, Gunna Wegleitner extended Brandon’s lead to three with a goal five minutes into the period. Fonstad responded with an unassisted breakaway goal with 7:56 to play, but it was as close as the Raiders got to tying the game.


Meger got the start between the pipes again for the Raiders and made 27 saves in a losing effort. Logan Thompson stopped 25 shots for the win.


The Raiders and the Wheat Kings square off again tomorrow afternoon at Westman Place. Puck drop is 3 p.m.