LETHBRIDGE -- The Canes started their first home game in two weeks on a strong note against the Prince Albert Raiders, laying down the first goal at the half way point of the first period. Dylan Cozens fed the puck to Jordie Bellerive who spotted Taylor Ross in front of the Prince Albert net and it was a 1-0 game for the home team.
That’s where the score remained at the end of the frame, with the Canes’ leading in shots 21-9.
The next 20-minutes saw the Raiders even the score just six minutes in. What followed was a rapid succession of penalties, broken by the Raiders short-handed goal mid period.
Among the 24-minutes in penalties, the 13-minute mark produced two minutes for the Raiders’ Noah Gregor for unsportsmanlike conduct. Team-mate Justin Nachbaur pulled in a 10-mimute misconduct at the same time. The Canes also took their lumps with Calen Addison getting two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and Jake Elmer sent off with a game misconduct.
The period wound to a conclusion with the Raiders ahead 2-1, in spite of the Canes’ continuing to lead in shots, 29-25.
The final frame got underway and the wheels quickly came off the bus. Twenty seconds after the teams hit the ice, PA’s Cole Fonstad fired the puck into the Canes’ net. Just two minutes later, Fonstad doubled down and set the Raiders up with a 4-1 lead.
The penalty minutes continued to pile up with the teams adding another eight minutes each for tripping, slashing, roughing and too many men on the ice. The game concluded with PA’s Noah Greg scoring a short-handed empty-net goal with a minute and a half remaining, giving the Raiders a 5-1 win.
In the end, Prince Albert led in shots on goal 40-36 and in penalty minutes, 30-24. The Raiders are now at 7-0.
The Canes have two wins and three losses. They return to the ice Saturday night as they host the Saskatoon Blades at 7:00-pm.
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