Raiders Drop Friday Night Tilt with ICE
Prince Albert, Sask. - The Prince Albert Raiders (15-20-1-1) lost a 5-2 game to the Winnipeg ICE (29-5-2-0) on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre.
Tayem Gislason and Reece Vitelli scored for the Raiders in the loss.
Winnipeg opened the scoring 4:01 into the contest. Mikey Milne's shot was blocked in front, but found the stick of Owen Pederson. He was able to chip a shot over Tikhon Chaika to make it 1-0.
The score held until the 7:46 mark of the second period. Matthew Savoie set up Connor McClennon with a cross-zone one-timer and the Philadelphia Flyers prospect found the back of the net to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead.
At the 10:46 mark, Cole Muir made it 3-0. He picked off a clearing pass and fired a shot that beat Chaika glove side. Thirty-one seconds later, McClennon kept on a two-on-one rush and snapped a shot past the Raiders netminder to give Winnipeg a 4-0 advantage.
That goal ended Chaika's night between the pipes. He had 13 saves in just over 31 minutes of action.
McClennon capped off his hat trick with 1:39 remaining in the second period. He converted on another cross-zone one-timer that got past Raiders goaltender Max Hildebrand.
Just before the end of the second, the Raiders got on the board. Sloan Stanick threw a pass towards the point that Gislason controlled. He stepped to his left and fired a shot through traffic that beat Daniel Hauser for the Winnipeg, Man. product's second of the season, making it a 5-1 game after two periods.
Vitelli cut into Winnipeg's lead 5:11 into the third period. The Raiders captain went wide around the net and was able to tuck home a wraparound attempt at the left post for his 14th goal of the year, bringing him into a three-way tie for tops in goal-scoring on the team.
The Raiders kept the pressure up in the third. Shortly after, Terrell Goldsmith found Vladislav Shilo with a diagonal pass that the Belarusian import fired into the right post. Then, Dallyn Peekeekoot was allowed to cut to the front of the net with the puck, but he sent his attempt over the cross bar. Evan Herman also had a great chance to get on the board, but was denied on a breakaway attempt by Hauser.
Despite those chances, the Raiders weren't able to get any closer on the night. Hildebrand made 12 saves in relief for the Raiders. Hauser stopped 23 shots to pick up the win for Winnipeg.
The Raiders are back in action on Saturday night when the Medicine Hat Tigers make their final trip to the Art Hauser Centre this season. Puck drop for both games is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at SaskTix.ca.
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