Raiders split with Blades

Prince Al­bert wins 3-2 at the Art Hauser Cen­tre, lose 5-2 in War­man

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - SPORTS - JA­SON KERR @ker­r_­jas • ja­son.kerr@pa­her­ald.sk.ca

“He was huge for us. He got first star and it was well de­served.” Raider for­ward Sean Mont­gomery on team­mate Cur­tis Meger

Sean Mont­gomery broke open a tie game with two third pe­riod goals as the Prince Al­bert Raiders downed the Saska­toon Blades in their sec­ond game of the WHL pre­sea­son on Fri­day.

Car­son Miller also scored for the Raiders, who beat the Blades 3-2 in front of a home­town crowd at the Art Hauser Cen­tre on Fri­day.

“We got pucks out of our zone and started work­ing them down low, ended up get­ting a few shots and some went in,” Mont­gomery said af­ter­wards. “We’ve just got to keep build­ing on that un­til the start of the sea­son.”

The Raiders opened the scor­ing early in the third pe­riod, when Miller beat Blades start­ing goalie Nolan Maier to make it 1-0.

De­spite out­shoot­ing the vis­i­tors 10-6 in the open­ing frame, the Raiders needed a few big saves from Cur­tis Meger to get into the sec­ond pe­riod with the lead.

Meger’s big­gest first pe­riod stop, a des­per­a­tion stick save, drew rave re­views from his team­mates.

“He was huge for us,” Mont­gomery said. “He got first star and it was well de­served.”

“You can’t plan those out,” a smil­ing Meger said af­ter the game. “Those saves kind of hap­pen out of the or­di­nary, but the guy had a wide open net, so I just tried to get some­thing over there. Thank­fully I got a stick on it.”

De­spite Meger’s ef­forts, the Blades tied things up at one dur­ing a penal­ty­filled sec­ond pe­riod. Seth Ba­faro con­verted on the power play roughly five min­utes into the sec­ond. The two teams wracked up a num­ber of co­in­ci­den­tal mi­nors in a chippy 20 min­utes of play.

Mont­gomery broke the dead­lock half­way through the final frame, with as­sists to D-Jay Jerome and Zack Hayes. The Cal­gary, Alta. prod­uct added an­other goal on a two-on-one ex­actly five min­utes later, pro­vid­ing all the of­fence Prince Al­bert would need.

“(It felt) re­ally good,” Mont­gomery said when asked about his third pe­riod of­fen­sive out­burst. “It’s good to get the first cou­ple (of goals) out of the way.”

The Blades made things close in the final minute when Josh Pater­son scored on an­other power play, but that’s as close as things got.

BLADES BEAT RAIDERS IN WAR­MAN

The Prince Al­bert Raiders strug­gled to stay out of the penalty box on Satur­day and the Saska­toon Blades made them pay.

Cameron He­big scored three goals, two of which came on the power play, as the Blades downed the Raiders 5-2 in War­man.

The Raiders gave Saska­toon seven power play op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first two pe­ri­ods, sur­ren­der­ing a to­tal of 27 shots in the process.

The first pe­riod was a tight af­fair, with the Raiders out­shoot­ing the Blades 1312, but fall­ing be­hind 1-0 on He­big’s first of the night.

The Blades wasted lit­tle time adding to their lead once play re­sumed in the sec­ond. He­big added an­other power play goal just two min­utes into the frame, giv­ing Saska­toon a 2-0 lead.

Gage Ram­say made it 3-0 Saska­toon be­fore the Raiders got on the board. Sean Mont­gomery con­tin­ued his hot streak, fir­ing home a quick shot to pull Prince Al­bert back within two. Raider cap­tain Cur­tis Miske and 2017 first over­all pick Kaiden Guhle drew the as­sists.

How­ever goals from He­big and 2016 sec­ond over­all pick Kirby Dach put the Blades up 5-1 head­ing into the final frame.

Mont­gomery struck again for Prince Al­bert mid­way through the third, with as­sists to Miske and D-Jay Jerome, but that’s as close as things would get, as the Blades skated away from a 5-2 vic­tory.

Rookie Brett Balas was busy for most of the night, stop­ping 36 of 41 shots in a loos­ing cause. Over­age net­min­der Lo­gan Flodell made 25 saves for Saska­toon.

The Raiders con­tinue their pre­sea­son with a home-and-home se­ries against the Regina Pats. The first game takes place on Sept. 15 at the Brandt Cen­tre in Regina. Puck drop is 7 p.m.

Prince Al­bert’s final home ex­hi­bi­tion game comes a day later on Sept. 16.

JA­SON KERR/DAILY HER­ALD

The Prince Al­bert Raiders cel­e­brate af­ter Sean Mont­gomery’s first of two third pe­riod goals dur­ing WHL pre­sea­son ac­tion on Fri­day. The Raiders beat the vis­it­ing Saska­toon Blades 3-2 on goals from Mont­gomery and Car­son Miller.

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