The Prince Albert Raiders probably owed the Moose Jaw Warriors one.
© Prince Albert Daily Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Prince Albert Raiders forward Chance Braid and Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Spenser Jensen watch as the puck squirts through Warriors goaltender Justin Paulic during first period action at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert. Raiders forward Carson Perreaux nudged the puck into the empty net a moment later to tie the game at 1-1.
After being dominated — and at times blown out — by the Warriors in the past few seasons, the Raiders returned the favour Tuesday when they trounced the Warriors 9-2 at the Art Hauser Centre.
"We just didn't have it tonight," Warriors assistant coach Mike Vandenberghe told Country 100 after the game.
The task doesn't get any easier for the Warriors (17-40-3-6) as they prepare to host the Calgary Hitmen Wedensday.
The Warriors two biggest wins of the last two season came against the Raiders. They were 5-0-1-0 heading into Tuesday game and coming off of a 7-1 win in Prince Albert.
The night started well for the Warriors.
Brayden Point picked up where he left off following a six-point night in Prince Albert a month ago. He scored his 30th goal of the season on the power play 3:40 into the game. The Warriors had a golden opportunity to double their lead when Raiders defenceman Sawyer Lange slashed Torrin White's stick on a short-handed breakaway and White was given a penalty shot. White's attempt was stopped by Raiders goalie Nick McBride.
"(McBride) was very comfortable, very confident with that," Raiders coach Cory Clouston told Andrew Schopp of the Prince Albert Daily Herald. "If he doesn't make that save it can be a very different game. It's not always how many saves you make it's the timeliness of them."
For the first time this season Warriors goalie Justin Paulic wasn't on top of his game against the Raiders. Fellow netminder Zach Sawchenko was back in Moose Jaw recovering from the flu. The Warriors dressed Logan Morhart, a midget AA player from Prince Albert, as their back-up goalie. That forced Paulic to play the entire 60 minutes.
A Mackenze Stewart shot trickled through Paulic's legs and Carson Perreaux is able to tap the rebound over the line to tie the game. Leon Draisaitl scored the first of his two goals on the night on a great individual effort to give the Raiders a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The Warriors second period woes continued. For the third time in seven games the Warriors have gave up five goals in the middle frame.
Stewart and Chance Braid scored 48 seconds apart early in the second to give the Raiders a 4-1 lead.
The Warriors replied with their second power play goal on as many chances. Point was credited with his 16th power play goal of the season, though it appeared that Jesse Forsberg's initial shot crossed the line first.
The momentum was short-lived as Josh Morrissey scored twice in two minutes.
Reid Gardiner and Calder Brooks also scored for the Raiders.
McBride finished with 19 saves, while Paulic stopped 27 shots.
Warriors defenceman Dallas Valentine was out after being hit by the same flu bug that kept Sawchenko out. Reid Zalitach (knee) and Brandon Potomak (upper body) remain out of the lineup.