Raiders Score Three in Third to Double Up Broncos
Regina, SK - The Prince Albert Raiders (5-8-2-1) scored three goals in the third period as they doubled up the Swift Current Broncos (3-12-1-0) 4-2 on Sunday evening in the Subway Hub Centre at the Brandt Centre in Regina.
Eric Pearce had a goal and an assist for the Raiders, while Spencer Moe chipped in a pair of assists. Evan Herman, Michael Horon, and Landon Kosior also scored.
It was a fast-paced start to the game with each team getting early chances. Logan Danis had a breakaway attempt on Reid Dyck. He deked to his backhand, but wasn't able to stuff it past Dyck's pad.
At the other end, Max Paddock made the save of the season so far. A shot was partially blocked in front of the net, but it ricocheted to the side of the goal. Michael Farren was waiting and looked to have an open net. However, Paddock dove and made the save with his stick.
In the second, Farren had another chance on Paddock as he drew a shorthanded penalty shot. Farren made a move to his backhand, but the Raiders netminder was able to track the move and stop it with his blocker.
Shortly after, the Raiders were awarded a penalty shot of their own when Herman was tripped as he pulled away from a Broncos defender. With some quick stick-handling, Herman went to his backhand. However, Dyck followed closely and got his pad to the post to keep Herman's attempt out.
It was the first time since March 4, 2017 when both the Raiders and their opponents had a penalty shot in the same game.
The Raiders continued to click offensively without finding the back of the net late in the second. Moe got a step on his defender coming in off the right wing. He fired a shot that beat Dyck on the blocker side, but it wrang off the far post.
Horon got the Raiders on the board with 2:35 left in the second period. Pearce was able to win a faceoff then get a puck towards goal. His shot was stopped by Dyck, but Horon potted the rebound through Dyck's five-hole for goals in back-to-back games. Horon's third of the season gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The Broncos leveled the score 6:58 into the third period with a power-play goal. Aiden Bulych made a one-touch pass to Cole Nagy in the slot. Paddock got a piece of Nagy's shot, but it trickled through and over the line to tie things up at 1-1.
Midway through the second, the Raiders restored their lead with a power-play goal of their own. Remy Aquilon dropped the puck for Kosior as they switched at the blueline. Kosior had time to skate to the top of the faceoff circle and fire a shot through traffic that beat Dyck, giving the defenceman from Regina his second goal of the season with 10:06 to play.
Just over two minutes later, Herman extended the Raiders' lead. Moe worked the puck out of the Raiders' end to start a two-on-one rush with Herman. Moe fed Herman who had time to cut across the goal and go to his backhand for his second goal in as many games to give the Raiders a 3-1 lead.
With 5:49 to play, the Broncos cut into the lead. Following a turnover deep in the Raiders' end, Bulych hit Mathew Ward with a pass. Ward got off a quick shot that beat Paddock to make it a 3-2 game.
The Raiders were able to hold off the Broncos for the rest of the game. Pearce iced the game with an empty-net goal from a sharp angle, wiring a shot past a sprawling Owen Williams.
Paddock finished the game with 35 saves in the win for the Raiders. Dyck stopped 33 shots for the Broncos in the loss.
The Raiders hit the ice again on Tuesday night when they take on the Regina Pats in the Subway Hub Centre. Game time is 8 p.m. Catch the game on WHL Live on CHL TV.
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