Friday, March 4, 2011

Warriors and Raiders (For the Last Time)

Tonight is the 8th and final meeting of the regular season between the Warriors and Prince Albert Raiders. Moose Jaw is 4-3 against the Raiders this season, recording a 1-2 record at home and 3-1 record on the road. Moose Jaw has outscored Prince Albert 31-23. This marks the final regular season game between these teams inside the Moose Jaw Civic Centre.

Quinton Howden leads the Warriors with nine goals and 10 points against the Raiders; Dylan Hood has one goal and nine points; Spencer Edwards has one goal and eight points; Collin Bowman has one goal and seven points; Antonin Honejsek has three goals and six points; Sam Fioretti has six assists; Brett Lyon has three goals and five points; Jesse Paradis has a goal and four points; Thomas Heemskerk is 3-2 with a 2.98gaa and .921sv%; Brandon Stone is 1-1 with a 4.07gaa and .879sv%.

Jonathon Parker leads the Raiders with three goals and 10 points against the Warriors; Brandon Herrod has three goals and eight points; Mark McNeill has one goal and seven points; Igor Revenko has three goals and six points; Todd Fiddler has four goals and five points; Eric Williams is 3-1 with a 3.22gaa and .908sv%; Jamie Tucker is 0-2-0-1 with a 4.99gaa and .845sv%.

Hot and Cold
- Kendall McFaull has one assist in the last 11 games
- Joel Edmundson has a goal and five points in the last nine games
- Morgan Rielly has three assists in eight games
- Dallas Ehrhardt has five assists in eight games
- Collin Bowman has three assists in eight games
- Joey Kornelsen has a goal and three points in 10 games
- Jesse Paradis has two assists in five games
- Cody Beach has two goals and seven points in the last eight games
- Sebastian Svendsen has three goals and seven points in the last eight games
- Quinton Howden has 10 goals and 18 points in the last 11 games
- Andrew Johnson has two goals and three points in the last six games
- Spencer Edwards has three goals and 10 points in the last nine games. Edwards picked up his 100th career point March 1st v Regina
- Dylan Hood has five goals and 16 points in the last 10 games
- Moose Jaw’s power play has six goals in the last five games (6-for-23)
- Moose Jaw’s penalty kill has allowed one goal in the last six games (24-for-25)

RAIDER REVIEW: The Raiders defeated the Broncos 6-2 on Tuesday night in Swift Current to reclaim sole possession of the 8th and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. It was a tight game through two periods on Tuesday with the Raiders taking a 2-1 lead and a 21-20 shot advantage into the third period. Jonathan Parker scored twice three minutes into the third period to extend the Raider lead to 4-1. They would go on to score a total of four and out shoot the Broncos 20-7 in the final frame to earn the 6-2 victory. With the Lethbridge Hurricanes losing 3-1 to the Chilliwack Bruins on Wednesday, the Hurricanes fall two points behind the Raiders who retain sole possession of the final play spot in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend’s games. The Raiders are 26-33-2-3 and with 57 points, are seven points behind the Brandon Wheat Kings for 7th.

WHO TO WATCH: With two goals and three assists, Justin Maylan scored a career high five points on Tuesday which is the second time he has set a personal best for himself against the Broncos this season. His previous career high of four points was scored in a 6-1 victory over the Broncos on February 9th in Prince Albert. Maylan is third on the team in points with 56 (16-40-56) in 58 games this season. Jonathan Parker picked up two goals and an assist to improve to a team leading and 12th most in the league 77 points (40-37-77). His 40 goals are the 5th most in the WHL. Igor Revenko notched a goal and an assist in the win to improve to 49 points (21-28-49) and he has points in 12 of his past 14 games. Mark McNeill added a pair of helpers on Tuesday and is second on the team in scoring with 64 points (25-39-64). Eric Williams stopped 25 of 27 shots to pick up his 16th win of the season. The rookie goaltender has started in nine straight games and is 16-15-1-1 with a 0.903 save percentage and 3.56 GAA in 36 appearances this season.

VS. MOOSE JAW: Tonight’s meeting is final of eight matchups between these two teams and the Raiders are 3-3-0-1 in the season series thus far. The last time these two teams met was on February 19th in Moose Jaw and resulted in a 3-2 Raider victory.

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Raiders went 1/3 with the man advantage on Tuesday and are 9/39 over their past nine games. They are ranked 18th in the league on the power play with a 16.6% success rate (48/290). The Raiders killed off all four Bronco power plays Tuesday and are 24/32 on the penalty kill over their past seven games. Their penalty kill is ranked 13th in the league with a 79.7% success rate (244/306).

UPCOMING GAMES: The Raiders return home tomorrow to take on the Kootenay Ice in their first game at the Art Hauser Centre since February 18th. The Raiders then play host to the Regina Pats on Wednesday and the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday.

INJURY REPORT: Jamie Tucker (thumb) Week to week.

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