Oil Kings fall short in final regular season meeting with Raiders
Brett Leason scored a goal and two assists and the Prince Albert Raiders peppered Todd Scott with 46 shots on goal before skating to a convincing 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings (29-16-4-4) on Monday night at Rogers Place.
Unlike when the two teams did battle just three nights ago in Prince Albert, the Raiders (43-7-0-2) were the sharper team, never trailing in the game and capitalizing on what appeared to be a lackluster performance by the group as a whole.
Scott (7-2-2-0) suffered just his second regulation loss of the season for the Oil Kings despite turning aside 41 shots on goal.
His counterpart, Ian Scott (30-6-0-2), allowed one goal on 26 shots to earn the win between the pipes for Prince Albert.
In the first period, just 49 seconds after the Raiders killed off a penalty for holding they capitalized on their own opportunity with the power play, taking a 1-0 lead at the 17:00 mark of the first period.
The late goal was the only one scored between either team in the opening frame, which saw the Raiders outshoot the Oil Kings, 16-8.
With less than a minute to play in the first period Prince Albert was whistled for their second infraction of the night and this time the Oil Kings countered with a goal on the man advantage of their own.
Vince Loschiavo notched his 23rd goal of the campaign to tie things up, 1-1, just 37 seconds into the second period, from Vladimir Alistrov and Trey Fix-Wolansky.
But the tie was short-lived as Prince Albert went 2-for-2 on the power play to take a 2-1 lead under four minutes later at 4:04.
On an odd-man rush Leason tallied his 33rd of the season to extend the visitors lead to 3-1, which is how the game would remain through 40-minutes of play.
Shots on goal in the second period once again favoured the Raiders, 17-10, for a two-period total of 33-18.
Secondary scoring helped Prince Albert’s lead widen to 4-1, as Jakob Brook etched the scoresheet with just his fifth goal of the season at 5:33 of the third.
The game became out of reach for the Oil Kings at 10:53 when Cole Fonstad made it 5-1 Prince Albert, from Leason and Noah Gregor.
Final shots on goal were 46-26, Raiders, including 13-8 in the third period.
Prince Albert was 2-for-5 on the power play, while Edmonton finished the game going 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
Parker Kelly (PA) (3), Dante Hannoun (PA) (2), and Brett Leason (PA) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.
Wyatt McLeod, Conner McDonald and Andrew Fyten each wore an “A” and skated as alternate captains to Trey Fix-Wolansky.
The Oil Kings have an unfamiliar break of five days before they return to action again, right here at Rogers Place, when they host the Regina Pats this Sunday, February 10 for a 4:00 PM MT start.
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