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WHL Roundup: League-leading Raiders cruise past Hurricanes 4-1

Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 12:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: League-leading Raiders cruise past Hurricanes 4-1

Grabbing an early lead doesn't do much good against the best team in the Western Hockey League.

The Prince Albert Raiders were trailing by a goal just 21 seconds into the first period but still cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Mike Winther, Sawyer Lange, Riley Guenther and Mark McNeill scored for the league-leading Raiders (7-0-1).

Russell Maxwell opened the scoring for the Hurricanes (2-5-0), but his shot was the only one that would beat Prince Albert goaltender Luke Siemens.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Regina 3, Portland 2 (OT); and Red Deer 3, Swift Current 2.

At Lethbridge, Alta., the Raiders tied the game at one 4:22 into the second period on Winther's goal.

Just over five minutes later they had the lead when Lange struck on the power play.

Guenther's goal at 5:40 in the third made it 3-1 and McNeill added some unnecessary insurance with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Siemens finished with 19 saves, while the Raiders scored twice in the second and twice in the third for the win.

Ty Rimmer stopped 31 shots for Lethbridge.

Pats 3, Winterhawks 2

At Regina, Lane Scheidl scored the overtime winner to give the Pats (4-5-0) a win over Portland (4-3-1).

Rebels 3, Broncos 2

At Swift Current, Sask., Brooks Maxwell's first goal of the season lifted Red Deer (4-5-1) past the Broncos (3-1-4).

Quote of the Day

You get the right whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals