An enormous defensive effort by the Prince Albert Raiders brings the Portland Winterhawks 3-game successful streak to an finish.
Goalie Max Hildebrand made 37 saves within the win. However the Raiders lower off Portland’s bread and butter, the straightforward probabilities they get off the push. The Winterhawks compensated fairly properly by doing a great job of getting the puck to the web, however they couldn’t get the bounces and Hildebrand bailed out Prince Albert every time they obtained in bother.
Prince Albert’s targets got here from a person rush by Oli Chenier and a pleasant passing play completed by Krzysztof Macias. The one time Portland actually broke down the Raiders on the push, they obtained their solely aim from Nicholas Johnson.
Portland had 38 photographs, nonetheless beneath their league-leading common of photographs per sport, which is within the 40s.
The Winterhawks attempt to rebound Sunday with a house sport with Everett, who together with Wenatchee has now handed them within the standings.
|4:06 PA Oli Chenier 0-1||Chenier weaves his method down the left wing, previous James Stefan, and beats Jan Špunar from simply above the aim line. Unhealthy aim for Špunar.|
|28:20 POR Nicholas Johnson (Marcus Nguyen, Jack O’Brien) 1-1||An innocent-looking rush however the Winterhawks break down the Raiders with passing. O’Brien alongside the boards finds Nguyen within the center who will get it over to an open Johnson on the inside fringe of the left circle.|
|31:00 PA Krzysztof Macias (Niall Crocker, Hayden Pakkala) 1-2||An extended shot by Justice Christensen is knocked down in entrance by Pakkala, who retains it alive lengthy sufficient for Crocker to choose it up and make a pleasant backhanded move to Macias, who will get it underneath Špunar.|
|Portland leads by 2+||0:00|
|Portland leads by 1||0:00|
|Portland trails by 1||53:14|
|Portland trails by 2+||0:00|
Pregame: Portland had been heavy favorites. They returned dwelling off an extended street journey, whereas Prince Albert is nearing the tip of their lengthy journey.
1st interval: Winterhawks had extra of the territory and the higher probabilities, but it surely was the Raiders getting the aim after which clamping down the protection.
2nd interval: Extra of the identical. Portland obtained the tying aim however Prince Albert answered shortly. They stored Portland from getting the odd-man rushes.
third interval: Portland had an early run however the Raiders didn’t bend as a lot as you’d count on. Portland had some probabilities but it surely wasn’t overwhelming, and Prince Albert stored out the tying aim for the win.
Gained on offense, protection, or particular groups: Protection.
Finest workforce gained?: Portland was just a little unfortunate. The Raiders deserved their win, although.
|Prime 10||Stat line|
|Max Hildebrand||PA||37 saves-38 photographs||He’s been one of many league’s finest to date. Didn’t steal it however performed properly in entrance of a really competent protection.|
|Justice Christensen||PA||He has an help for the time being for his entry shot however will in all probability lose that on assessment. Nonetheless performed a great sport within the again, serving to get the puck out of bother.|
|Jack O’Brien||POR||1 help||Arrange Portland’s solely aim and helped preserve PA’s prime line scoreless.|
|Jan Špunar||POR||25 saves-27 photographs||First aim was just a little iffy, however nonetheless had a great sport general. Nonetheless 2nd in save share, however the gaps are closing.|
|Oli Chenier||PA||1 aim||Gave Prince Albert the early lead towards the run of play.|
|Niall Crocker||PA||1 help||Backhand move in entrance for the winner. 5-game level streak.|
|Krzysztof Macias||PA||1 aim||The winner.|
|Marcus Nguyen||POR||1 help||Arrange the one aim for Portland.|
|Nicholas Johnson||POR||1 aim||Sturdy end from the left wing. He’s had a great season, growing his scoring 400%.|
|Terrell Goldsmith||PA||Good defensive sport for the Raiders’ solely NHL draft choose.|
|Different notables||Stat line|
|Ryder Ritchie||PA||They’ve been closely reliant on their prime line of Ritchie, Oiring, and Stanick. Conserving them scoreless usually would have been the recipe for a Winterhawks win.|
|Sloan Stanick||PA||5-game level streak snapped.|
|Aiden Oiring||PA||5-game level streak snapped.|
|Luca Cagnoni||POR||5-game level streak snapped.|
|Diego Buttazzoni||POR||After factors in his first 14 video games (and 5 preseason video games), he’s now gone scoreless in 4 straight.|
|James Stefan||POR||3-game level streak snapped.|
|Gabe Klassen||POR||3-game level streak snapped.|
|Scored/allowed (diff)||88-46 (+42)||80-72 (+8)|
|Energy performs for/sport||4.9||4.2|
|Energy performs towards/sport||4.5||3.8|
|After 1 interval||11-3-4||8-10-6|
|After 2 intervals||12-5-1||12-11-1|
|Rating, final 10 video games||39-29||29-34|
|Rating, final 20 video games||94-59||67-61|
They drop from 1st to third within the division, which doesn’t imply an entire lot even contemplating they nonetheless lead in successful share. You would possibly fear that the Raiders confirmed the method for beating Portland to the remainder of the league, but it surely doesn’t precisely take a rocket scientist to know that shutting down the push is a key.
Solely the second time all season they’ve gone the entire sport and not using a lead.
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4-2 on the street journey, 3-2 within the US Division a part of it. They’d think about it a hit already, however beating Wenatchee Saturday night time would put the icing on the cake.
Sunday vs. Everett, 5pm
Wednesday vs. Victoria, 7pm
Friday at Everett, 7pm
subsequent Saturday vs. Saskatoon, 6pm
Trying forward: Friday 12/1 at Wenatchee, 7pm
Subsequent Prince Albert sport: 2024-25? Earlier?