It was quality over quantity for Raiders goaltender Ian Scott who made a number of big stops late in a 26 save shutout to lead Prince Albert to a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings in game one of the Eastern Conference Championships.
The goaltending battle between Ian Scott and Oil Kings’ netminder Dylan Myskiw started early and it was an unfortunate bounce that played the difference maker and heart breaker.
The Oil Kings and Raiders played a tentative first 20 minutes, feeling each other out for a scoreless first frame.
Shots sat at 10-7, Prince Albert.
However, just under two minutes into the second period, Raiders forward Ozzy Wiesblatt rushing down the wing was the recipient of a lucky ricochet as his pass went off an Oil Kings defender and beat Myskiw to open the scoring.
The teams traded chances throughout the remainder of the second period but both Myskiw and Scott went save for save, keeping the score at 1-0 after forty minutes of play.
Shots on goal through two periods were 21-15, Prince Albert.
Pressing hard in the third period, allowing just three shots from the Raiders, Edmonton fired a game high eleven shots on Scott, who turned away each and every one.
In the final 40 seconds, with the goalie pulled, the Oil Kings put together some of the game’s best chances, with both Vince Loschiavo and Quinn Benjafield finding point blank chances, but were unable to solve Scott dropping the series opener.
“We pride ourselves on being a team that takes a lot of shots,” said head coach Brad Lauer. “We got some shots but we didn’t get that second, third chance. We didn’t make it difficult, get in (Scott’s) eyes.”
“We can take a lot of positives though, we did a lot of good things,” said Lauer. “The goal they got bounced off us, bad break. A break here and there and we could easily have got it to overtime or possibly even won the game.”
Despite the single blemish, Dylan Myskiw stood tall stopping 23 of 24 shots and receiving the game’s second star.
Game 2 of the best of 7 series goes Saturday night at Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert at 7 PM MT with the Oil Kings returning home for game 3 Tuesday, April 23.
#1: Ian Scott – 26 saves, SO
#2: Dylan Myskiw – 23 saves
#3: Ozzy Wiesblatt – 1G
Game 1: Friday, April 19 – Edmonton (0) at Prince Albert (1)
Game 2: Saturday, April 20 – Edmonton at Prince Albert – 7:00 PM MT
Game 3: Tuesday, April 23 – Prince Albert at Edmonton – 7:00 PM MT
Game 4: Wednesday, April 24 – Prince Albert at Edmonton – 7:00 PM MT
*Game 5: Friday, April 26 – Edmonton at Prince Albert – 7:00 PM MT
*Game 6: Sunday, April 28 – Prince Albert at Edmonton – 2:00 PM MT
*Game 7: Tuesday, April 30 – Edmonton at Prince Albert – 7:00 PM MT
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