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Raiders Take Split of Home-And-Home With Moose Jaw

October 16, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince Albert Raiders News Release


Prince Albert, Sask. - The Prince Albert Raiders (1-5-0-0) picked up a split of a home-and-home series with Moose Jaw Warriors (3-2-0-0) following a 4-1 loss to the Warriors on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre.

Ozzy Wiesblatt scored the lone goal for the Raiders to open the scoring. Reece Vitelli won a faceoff in the Raiders' end to start a shorthanded situation. Nolan Allan dumped it off the glass and out the zone. Wiesblatt was able to outrace Daemon Hunt to the puck, cut around the back of the goal and bury the wraparound past a sprawling Carl Tetachuk for the San Jose Sharks product's third of the season.

Shortly after, the Warriors thought they tied it when Brayden Yager set up Jagger Firkus in front. Firkus beat Carter Serhyenko, but the net was dislodged as he slid to make the save. After a video review, the goal was called back.

Moose Jaw did tie things up 7:37 into second period. Ryder Korczak skated through the slot and set up Martin Rysavy with a backhanded pass. Rysavy snapped a quick shot that got past Serhyenko for the import forward's first goal of the year.

The Warriors took the lead 7:42 into the third. Rysavy through a puck towards the goal from the corner that hit Serhyenko, The puck fell in the crease and Yager was able to jam the loose puck over the goal line to give Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead.

Two minutes later, Korczak extended the Warriors lead to two. Robert Baco picked up a turnover along the halfboards and centered a pass for Korczak. The New York Rangers draft pick lifted a quick shot over Serhyenko to put the Warriors up 3-1 midway through the period.

At the 10:28 mark of the third, Denton Mateychuk wrapped up the scoring. He fought off a Raiders' defender and beat Serhyenko to make it a 4-1 game.

The Raiders' best chance of the third came from Alex Mack, who was making his WHL debut. He fired a shot on Tetachuk off the rush that was stopped, but Mack followed the play to collect the puck at the side of the goal and attempt a wraparound. However, he wasn't able to tuck it into the corner as it slid through the crease.

Serhyenko finished the game with 29 saves as the busier of the two goaltenders on the evening. Tetachuk stopped 13 shots to pick up the win.

The Raiders are right back at it on Saturday night when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Art Hauser Centre. It's the first time the Raiders will tangle with the Tigers since February 5, 2020. Puck drop on Saturday night is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at SaskTix.ca and at the Raiders Box Office, which will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.


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