Raiders Down Royals For 40th Win

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    Royals Jameson Murray (6) moves Parker Kelly (27) of the Price Albert Raiders as he moves towards Outhouse (30) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    Victoria, BC – The Prince Albert Raiders (40-5-0-2) became the first team in the CHL to reach 40 wins this season with a 4-1 victory over the Victoria Royals (23-20-1-0) on Tuesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

    Dante Hannoun stands up to acknowledge the 4,000 plus fans as the Royals paid tribute to him part way through the first period with a video clip of his 41/2 years as a Victoria Royal. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Dante Hannoun stands up to acknowledge the 4,000 plus fans as the Royals paid tribute to him part way through the first period with a video clip of his 41/2 years as a Victoria Royal. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    This is the first Raider squad to reach 40 wins on the season since the 1998-99 edition that finished the year with 45 victories.

    Royals Carson Miller (16) goes into the Prince Albert end with Jeremy Masella (3) in pursuit. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Royals Carson Miller (16) goes into the Prince Albert end with Jeremy Masella (3) in pursuit. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    Cole Fonstad was the only Raider with multiple points on the night, registering a goal and an assist to collect his third and fourth points on the current road trip.

    Victoria Royals Kaid Oliver (34) leaps into the air to avoid getting hit by an incoming puck during the third period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Royals Kaid Oliver (34) leaps into the air to avoid getting hit by an incoming puck during the third period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    Early on the Raiders had a couple of great chances to get the game’s first goal. First, Fonstad got behind the defence but was denied on a breakaway by Griffen Outhouse. Shortly after, a pretty passing play saw Justin Nachbaur get the puck in front of the Royals goaltender but was unable to solve Outhouse.

    Royals Logan Doust (10) gets tripped up going into59 Prince Albert's end during the third period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Royals Logan Doust (10) gets tripped up going into59 Prince Albert’s end during the third period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    The Raiders opened the scoring on a late-period power play. Fonstad worked the puck down low to Ozzy Wiesblatt who spotted Nachbaur in the slot. The Cross Lake, MB product snapped a shot past Griffen Outhouse for his 12th goal of the year with 4:58 to go in the first.

    Goalie Ian Scott (33) and Zack Hayes (5) of Prince Albert battle with Carson Miller (16) of teh Royals. photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Goalie Ian Scott (33) and Zack Hayes (5) of Prince Albert battle with Carson Miller (16) of teh Royals. photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    Just 47 seconds later, the Raiders made it 2-0. Sean Montgomery was sprung down the right wing by former Royal Dante Hannoun and beat Outhouse with a quick wrist shot for his 20th of the season. It’s the first time in his WHL career that Montgomery reached the 20-goal plateau.

    Prince Albert's Ian Scott (33) 95and Vojtech Budik (6) with Royals Carson Miller (16) during second period action. photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Prince Albert’s Ian Scott (33) 95and Vojtech Budik (6) with Royals Carson Miller (16) during second period action. photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    Nachbaur almost made it 3-0 shortly after. From the left faceoff circle, Nachbaur fired a shot that beat Outhouse but ricocheted off the crossbar.

    Prince Albert's Parker Kelly (27) is double teamed by Royals Ralph Mitchell Prowse (5) and Dino Kambeitz (25) during the third period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Prince Albert’s Parker Kelly (27) is double teamed by Royals Ralph Mitchell Prowse (5) and Dino Kambeitz (25) during the third period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    The Royals cut the lead in half exactly 1:00 into the second. Kaid Oliver found D-Jay Jerome in the slot and the former Raider beat a screened Ian Scott for his 18th of the season.

    D-Jay Jerome celebrates his goal to make it 2-1 Prince Albert 1 minute into the second period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    D-Jay Jerome celebrates his goal to make it 2-1 Prince Albert 1 minute into the second period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    Less than four minutes later, Fonstad restored the Raiders’ two-goal lead. The Montreal Canadiens prospect stripped Jameson Murray of the puck, cut towards the goal, and slid the pick through Outhouse for his 18th of the year at the 4:27 mark.

    Royals Kody McDonald (26) and Prince Albert'ss Captain Brayden Pachal (8) battle it out in front of Ian Scott (33) during the second period. Phot by Gord Rufh ISN
    Royals Kody McDonald (26) and Prince Albert’ss Captain Brayden Pachal (8) battle it out in front of Ian Scott (33) during the second period. Phot by Gord Rufh ISN

    Parker Kelly had a chance to extend the lead early in the third period. Just 20 seconds in, his stick was slashed out of his hand on a breakaway. The Ottawa Senators prospect was awarded a penalty shot, but was turned aside by Outhouse.

    Victoria Roylas Ralph Jarrett takes down Parker Keyy (27) with a stick slash and is awared a penalty shot. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Roylas Ralph Jarrett takes down Parker Kelly (27) with a stick slash and is awared a penalty shot. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

     

    The Raiders put the game away midway through the third period with a power-play goal. Max Martin collected the puck in his own end, skated through the Royals defence, entered the zone and lifted a backhand over Outhouse’s shoulder and in for this sixth goal this year to round out the scoring.

    Victoria Royals Kaid Oliver (34) gets in front of Ian Scott (33) of Prince Albert. phot by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Royals Kaid Oliver (34) gets in front of Ian Scott (33) of Prince Albert. phot by Gord Rufh ISN

    Scott was strong in net for the Raiders again, stopping 20 shots for his 28th win of the year. Outhouse turned aside 27 attempts in the loss.

    Prince Albert's Ian Scott (33) takes a water break during the second period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Prince Albert’s Ian Scott (33) takes a water break during the second period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    The Raiders wrap up their season series against the BC Division on Thursday night when they head to the Langley Events Centre to take on the division-leading Vancouver Giants (29-12-2-0). Puck drop is 9:30 p.m. Catch the game at The Rock And Iron Sports Bar at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club, listen on 900 CKBI, or watch on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 360.

    Dante Hannoun with his new number and jersey (17) for the Prince Albert Raiders. photo by Gord Rufh ISN59
    Dante Hannoun with his new number and jersey (17) for the Prince Albert Raiders. photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    Prince Albert Raiders – Brett Smith

    Manager of Communications and Community Relations

     

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