Parker Kelly’s second goal of the game at 3:05 of overtime gave the home-standing Prince Albert Raiders a 4-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades, ending a four-game winless skid for P.A.
It was their fourth overtime game in their last five outings. Kelly converted a cross-crease pass from Brayden Pachal, off a 2-on-1 rush, for the winning tally.
With three-and-a-half minutes left in the third period, the Raiders appeared to be coasting to a regulation time victory. But, the Blades scored goals 49 seconds apart…both with goaltender Ryan Kubic on the bench for an extra attacker…to knot the score at 3-3.
“That shows a little bit of character,” said Blue and Gold head coach Dean Brockman about the comeback to get a point in the standings. “That needs to come out a little bit more often. When you’re down with three-and-a-half minutes (remaining), there’s no quit. The guys kept going, staying with it, staying with what we were telling them. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite finish it off.”
Overage forwards Jordy Stallard and Curtis Miske notched the other goals for Prince Albert, now 4-4-3 for the season, while Josh Paterson, Caleb Fantillo and Chase Wouters replied for 3-6-1 Saskatoon.
The Raiders never trailed in the contest in front of 2,195 fans at the Art Hauser Centre. Both teams face the B.C. Division-leading Victoria Royals next…the Blades on Tuesday at SaskTel Centre and the following evening in Prince Albert. Following is the official game summary from the WHL...
Saskatoon Blades 3 at Prince Albert Raiders 4 (OT) - Status: Final OT Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Art Hauser Centre - Prince Albert, SK
Saskatoon 0 1 2 0 - 3 Prince Albert 1 1 1 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Prince Albert, Stallard 7 (Hayes, Fonstad), 4:45. Penalties-Kustra Sas (major-fighting), 4:16; Jerome Pa (major-fighting), 4:16; Sottile Pa (holding), 7:52; Fiala Sas (hooking), 12:10; Pachal Pa (hooking), 14:26.
2nd Period-2, Prince Albert, Miske 3 (Martin, Stallard), 13:22 (PP). 3, Saskatoon, Paterson 2 (Machado), 14:33. Penalties-Ramsay Sas (major-fighting, game misconduct), 2:23; Jerome Pa (major-fighting, game misconduct), 2:23; Scott Pa (tripping), 4:35; MacKenzie Sas (tripping), 4:45; Leslie Sas (roughing), 8:43; Rubinchik Sas (tripping), 11:58; Rubinchik Sas (roughing, major-fighting), 14:54; Miller Pa (roughing, major-fighting), 14:54; Hayes Pa (major - checking to the head), 15:36.
3rd Period-4, Prince Albert, Kelly 7 7:35 (SH). 5, Saskatoon, Fantillo 3 (Hebig, Wouters), 17:50 (PP). 6, Saskatoon, Wouters 3 18:39. Penalties-Martin Pa (slashing), 6:06; Montgomery Pa (boarding), 16:25.
OT Period-7, Prince Albert, Kelly 8 (Pachal), 3:05. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Saskatoon 9-8-15-1-33. Prince Albert 11-8-7-1-27. Power Play Opportunities-Saskatoon 1 / 6; Prince Albert 1 / 4. Goalies-Saskatoon, Kubic 3-4-1-0 (27 shots-23 saves). Prince Albert, Scott 1-1-0-0 (33 shots-30 saves). A-2,195 Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Bryce Sebastian (64). Linesmen-Joel Beresh (122), Devan Thiessen (94).