For the 2nd time this week, the Prince Albert Raiders knocked off the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Coming off arguably the biggest win of the season, the Wheat Kings came out on Saturday night with an uninspired effort on route to a 4-1 loss at the hands of the last place team in the WHL’s Eastern Division.
The loss capped off an roller coaster of a week in which the Wheat Kings lost three straight, beat the best team in the country and then came out flat against a team with just 15 wins on the season.
The Raiders led 2-0 after one on goals from Austin Crossley and Cavin Leth. The Raiders dominated the pace in the first period and outshot Brandon 13-9 in the frame.
In the 2nd, PA would add another as D-Jay Jerome banked one in off Travis Child from below the goal line. The play would have to be reviewed and despite being waved off on the ice the puck crossed the goal line by just inches despite the best efforts by Garrett Sambrook to pull it to safety.
It was a penalty filled affair with the Raiders being awarded seven power play opportunities, including three separate 5 on 3 situations. Despite being unable to convert on these chances, the Raiders were able to carry the play and momentum for the majority of the game as a result.
Brandon would get a power play goal from Reid Duke but it was all they could muster up as the Raiders would ice it on a late goal from Parker Kelly.
Ian Scott was solid in the Raider net making 33 saves in a first star effort, Travis Child turned aside 23 shots in the loss.
Brandon’s loss is especially frustrating as they failed to gain ground on the Swift Current Broncos who lost tonight in overtime. The single point earned moves the 6 points up on the Wheat Kings for 3rd spot in the Eastern Division.
Brandon will have to right the ship quickly as they head out on a four game road trip that starts in Calgary on Wednesday and will end on February 28th in Swift Current.