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Raiders Earn Point in OT Loss to ICE

April 10, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince Albert Raiders News Release

Regina, SK - The Prince Albert Raiders (4-8-2-1) picked up a point, but fell 4-3 in overtime to the Winnipeg ICE (11-4-0-0) on Saturday in the Subway Hub Centre at the Brandt Centre in Regina.

Conor Geekie scored 2:13 into the overtime period to give the ICE the extra point.

Remy Aquilon set up a pair of goals for the Raiders in the loss. Dallyn Peekeekoot, Michael Horon, and Even Herman all scored for the Raiders.

The Raiders had an early chance to open the scoring from Tyson Laventure and Niall Crocker. The two orchestrated a give-and-go play on the rush, finishing with Crocker setting up Laventure. The Lloydminster, AB product's attempt on goal was turned aside by Daniel Hauser.

Shortly after, the Raiders' power-play struck to get the scoring started. Ozzy Wiesblatt fired a shot towards goal from the point. Peekeekoot was stationed in front of the net and tipped it past Hauser for this third goal of the season, giving the Raiders a 1-0 lead 7:16 into the contest.

Spencer Moe thought he made it a 2-0 game for the Raiders. He beat Hauser with a sharp-angle shot from the right side of the goal, but it hit the bottom of the crossbar and stayed out.

At the other end, the ICE tied it with 9:53 to play in the period. Michael Milne made a pass around a Raiders defender to get Zachary Benson in tight behind the defence. Benson quickly got it over Carter Serhyenko's glove to find the back of the net.

With 5:09 to go in the first, Winnipeg took the lead. Owen Pederson dug the puck out of the corner to find James Form in the slot. Form got of a quick shot through a screen that got past Serhyenko to put the ICE ahead 2-1 heading into the first intermission.

The ICE made it a two-goal game on the power play at the 3:54 mark of the second. Peyton Krebs held the puck at the top of the left faceoff circle, waited to find a lane, then fired a shot through traffic to put his side up 3-1.

Less than a minute later, Horon got the Raiders back within one. Aquilon's shot from the point deflected off the stick of an ICE player towards goal, popping it into the air. Eric Pearce got a stick on it briefly before Horon swept it past Hauser on his backhand for his second of the season to make it 3-2.

In the dying seconds of a power play, Herman tied things up at 3-3 at the 8:04 mark of the middle frame. Aquilon circled back in his own zone before springing Herman on a partial breakaway. Herman skated in and picked the corner over Hauser's glove for his fourth of the season and first since returning from injury.

In the third, the ICE had an early chance to break the deadlock. Pederson sent a saucer pass over to Connor McClennon, but Serhyenko was able to slide over and deny the ICE forward with his glove.

The Raiders' best chance in the third came off a turnover deep in the Winnipeg end. Herman intercepted a pass in front of the ICE goal, but he was turned aside by Hauser.

Late in the third, the Raiders killed 1:35 of a penalty to end the period, partially due to the strong forechecking of Wiesblatt and Reece Vitelli. Right before time ran out in the period, Milne sent an attempt wide of the left post.

In the overtime period, the Raiders were able to finish off the penalty kill. Afterwards, Wiesblatt was able to set up Vitelli in front of the goal with a one-timer attempt, but Vitelli wasn't able to get all of the shot attempt.

Geekie ended the game with a rush into the Raiders' zone. He made a move to get around a Raider then beat Serhyenko with a quick shot to end the game.

Serhyenko finished the game with 17 saves in the overtime loss. Hauser stopped 28 shots for Winnipeg.

It's a quick turnaround for the Raiders when they take on the Swift Current Broncos tomorrow afternoon. Puck drop is 4 p.m. Catch the game on WHL Live on CHL TV.

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