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McNeill scores winner as the Raiders edge the Hitmen 5-4 in shootout

Saturday, 10.06.2012 / 12:24 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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McNeill scores winner as the Raiders edge the Hitmen 5-4 in shootout

CALGARY - Mark McNeill scored the lone goal of the shootout to lead the Prince Albert Raiders to a 5-4 win over the Calgary Hitmen in Western Hockey League action on Friday.

McNeill faked a slap shot before spinning around and lifting a backhand shot up and over rookie Hitmen goalie Mack Shields, who was appearing in his first-ever WHL game.

Anthony Bardaro led Prince Albert’s (5-0-1) attack with two goals in regulation, while Josh Morrissey scored once and set up two others.

Dakota Conroy had a goal and an assist, while Jonas Knutsen had two assists to round out the Raiders' offence.

Brooks Macek, Jake Virtanen and Chase Clayton scored in regulation for the Hitmen (3-0-2), while Zane Jones set up a pair of goals.

Luke Siemens made 20 saves to record the win while Shields stopped 30-of-34 shots in a losing effort.

The Raiders finished 3-for-7 on the power play while the Hitmen failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.

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