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Monday, May 13, 2019


(Photo: Lucas Chudleigh/Appollo Multimedia)

PRINCE ALBERT - The drought is over for the Prince Albert Raiders.

Dante Hannoun scored 18:25 into overtime as the Raiders downed the Vancouver Giants 3-2 on Monday in Game 7 of the Western Hockey League Championship to capture the Ed Chynoweth Cup and advance to the Memorial Cup.

The victory marked the first time the Raiders have won the WHL title since 1985. Prince Albert won the Memorial Cup that year under then head coach and general manager Terry Simpson.

This year's Memorial Cup starts Friday and runs to May 26 in Halifax. Prince Albert opens the tournament Friday against the host Mooseheads.

Noah Gregor scored twice for the Raiders on Monday night while Milos Roman scored twice for the Giants.

Ian Scott, who has a signed NHL entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, made 24 saves in goal for the Raiders. David Tendeck turned away 37 shots for Vancouver.

Monday's game marked the first time Prince Albert clinched a playoff series on home ice since 2005, when the Raiders defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-0 in Game 6 of a second-round series.

The Raiders and Giants were the WHL's top two teams during the regular season.

Prince Albert topped the standings with a 54-10-4 record and was rated second in the final CHL Top 10 rankings. Vancouver finished second overall in the WHL at 48-15-5 and ranked sixth.

The Raiders eliminated the Red Deer Rebels, Saskatoon Blades and Edmonton Oil Kings on their way to the WHL final. The Giants eliminated the Seattle Thunderbirds, Victoria Royals and Spokane Chiefs.

Vancouver last won the WHL title in 2006 and last won the Memorial Cup in 2007 as the host team.

The QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the OHL champion Guelph Storm round out the field at this year's Memorial Cup.

(Canadian Press/Darren Steinke)


Anonymous said...

Awesome job by PA coming through in the clutch and bring the Cup back to SK. Nope hopefully they have some gas left in the tank to bring the big prize back home too where it belongs.

Gunderson’s Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Gee, guess PA didn’t need to worry about getting a backup goalie...

Big Save Dave

Bill Weppler said...

Congratulations Raiders! Will be watching and cheering hard for you at the Cup. Bring it home to Saskatchewan!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the Raiders for winning the WHL title. Now they can stand with Swift Current as back to back League champions. Good management and coaching did it in both cases.

It's simply too bad that although the Pats had two kicks at the can, the came up empty. With two decades in this league Hunt has shown he knows how to build a winner. Now if we could just get that kind of competence. If we would have had it, then it would be three years in a row for a Saskatchewan team winning the WHL title. The Pats simply weren't built right and not good enough two years in arow.

Maybe Saskatoon can be the next tem.

Anonymous said...

Regina had Hunt and got rid of him...Raiders thank the Pats for that one!

FG said...

The Pats falling short was not management's fault. You can blame the owners for wanting the 100th Memorial Cup the year AFTER they peaked, tying Paddocks hands for what he could do that season. Had the Pats not bid on the Memorial Cup, the Pats would have bolstered The line up for the 2017 championship run rather than making trades to help that year and the next. That Pats team was the closest thing to a Memorial Cup competing team in the past five years. A few additions and they could have won 60 games that season.

On top of that, had the Pats gone for it when they should have, rather than trying to stretch it over two seasons, the trades the Pats could have made for the future would have been insane. But again, you can blame the owners for wanting a tournament that the team was not built for from the start. It was a nice thing to have and all the trades leading up to it last season were exciting/depressing, but I would have much rather seen the team go all-in in 2017 than the team and cupboards being blown up because of the owners.

They are on the right coarse again now and the future looks brights, despite what people think because of how the past season went.

Anyway, congrats to the Raiders! Now go and try and win a game at the Memorial Cup. The last WHL rep team to win a game was in 2015...when Kelowna won one game.