Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders (13-17-5-2) fired 48 shots at Regina Pats goaltender Tyler Brown stopped 47 of them to hand the Raiders a 2-1 loss on Saturday night at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Pats (18-18-3-0) scored their first goal 56 seconds into the game. Recently acquired Jared Legien’s wrister from the left wing beat goaltender Curtis Meger. The Raiders had their chances to tie the game, but Max Martin hit the post on a power-play opportunity.
The Raiders answered back less than a minute into the second. In almost an identical play, Raiders captain Curtis Miske snapped a shot past Brown from the left wing to tie the game. Midway through the period, Parker Kelly and Spencer Moe broke in on a two-on-none rush. However, Brown was up to the task and turned aside the Ottawa Senators prospect.
In the third, the Raiders had a golden opportunity to take the lead with a four-minute power play after Cole Dubinsky was called for high sticking. It was Regina that took advantage as Jake Leschyshyn forced a turnover in the Raiders’ end, deked around a Meger poke check and slid it into the back of the net to put the Pats up 2-1.
The Raiders continued to press for the final six minutes of the game, but Brown stood tall in net en route to being named the game’s first star. Meger was solid in goal for the Raiders as he made 18 saves in his first start since December 5.
These two teams meet for a New Year’s Day rematch on Monday night in Regina at the Brandt Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.