Raiders Plunder Final Play-off Spot:

The Prince Albert Raiders have advanced to the WHL post-season thanks to a 5-3 victory over the Red Deer Rebels in Alberta, last night.

The teams finished the regular season tied for the eighth and final play-off spot in the Eastern Conference with 75 points. That necessitated the one game tie-breaker in Red Deer, last night.

The Raiders would open the scoring 7 minutes into the hockey game with Jayden Hart pushing one past the Rebels’ all-world goaltender Patrik Bartosak. The Rebels would reply with a Wyatt Johnson tally before the period was out.

In the second stanza, Prince Albert was assessed two of the games four minor penalties which allowed Red Deer to gain some confidence and momentum. That eventually lead to the Rebels taking their first lead of the game when Evan Polei put one past P-A’s 16 year-old netminder Nick McBride. The teams would then trade goals before the period was out giving the home-town Rebels a 3-2 advantage entering the final frame.

In the third period, Prince Albert came out determined and former Saskatoon Blade Collin Valcourt would even the game on a power-play marker just over 2 minutes into the period. P-A then continued to pour it on as Dakota Conroy would put the puck past Bartosak just over two minutes later. That tally would hold up as Raider Captain Josh Morrissey would add the empty-netter to give Prince Albert the win.

The Raiders will now take on the Easter Conference’s top seeded Edmonton Oil Kings in the opening round of the play-offs. That series will open in the Alberta capital on Saturday.

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