Raiders Shut Out Blades in Season Series Finale
Regina, SK - Ozzy Wiesblatt had two points and Max Paddock posted a 20-save shutout as the Prince Albert Raiders (8-10-2-1) picked up a 4-0 win over the Saskatoon Blades (14-4-2-1) in the Subway Hub Centre at the Brandt Centre on Thursday evening.
Wiesblatt had a goal and an assist to increase his team-leading point total to 24. Terrell Goldsmith tallied his first WHL goal, while Landon Kosior and Justin Nachbaur added markers.
The Raiders' penalty killers kept the Blades at the bay, killing all five of Saskatoon's power plays on the evening.
The Raiders got off to a quick start thanks to the line of Wiesblatt, Evan Herman, and Reece Vitelli. Just 1:23 into the game, the trio connected on a beautiful passing play. Vitelli carried the puck into the zone and got a pass through the Blades' defence to Herman. On his backhand, Herman was able to send a pass to the left post for Wiesblatt who lifted it over Nolan Maier's pad to put the Raiders up 1-0 with his fifth of the year.
It was a busy period for the Raiders' penalty killers as Prince Albert took three penalties in the period. They were able kill off each one. The Blades' best chance with the man advantage came at the end of their third of the period. Brandon Lisowsky picked up the puck at the top of the crease with bodies in front. His shot was blocked by Goldsmith.
Late in the period, the Raiders made it a two-goal game on Goldsmith's first WHL goal. Wiesblatt had the puck at the right faceoff circle and connected with Goldsmith at the left point. The Fort St. James, BC product was able to skate into a shot and got it through traffic to beat Maier, giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead with 3:33 left in the first.
Paddock made a great save early in the second to keep it a two-goal lead for the Raiders. Carter Streek came in off the bench on a line change. From behind the net, Evan Patrician found Streek heading towards goal. Streek put a one-timer on goal, but Paddock kicked out his left pad to make the save.
Midway through the frame, Kosior extended the Raiders' lead. Eric Pearce drove down the left wing and put a shot on goal. Maier made the save, but kicked the rebound out to Kosior at the right faceoff circle. The Regina product put the shot on goal and the puck went off Blades defenceman Charlie Wright in front of the goal and in, giving the Raiders a 3-0 lead with his third of the season with 10:33 left in the second.
The Raiders were able to keep the Blades off the scoreboard in the third period, killing off an early Saskatoon man advantage as well.
In the second half of the third, a great shift by Nachbaur and Michael Horon ended with a Raiders goal. After working the puck behind the goal line, Nachbaur fed Aquilon at the point. The defenceman gave it right back to Nachbaur who spun and fired a shot on goal. The puck went off a Blade in front and past Maier to round out the scoring at 4-0 with Nachbaur's seventh of the season.
Maier made 27 saves in the loss for Blades.
The Raiders take on the Brandon Wheat Kings for the final time in the Subway Hub Centre on Saturday night. Puck drop is 6 p.m. Watch the game on WHL Live on CHL TV.
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