PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Turner Elson scored twice and Patrik Bartosak made 29 saves on 30 shots as the Red Deer Rebels defeated the Prince Albert Raiders 3-1 on Tuesday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven WHL first-round series.
Brooks Maxwell also scored for the Rebels, who will try for the sweep on Wednesday in Prince Albert.
Mike Winther had the lone goal for the Raiders, who went 0-for-3 on the power play.
I don't have a crystal ball. Predicting is a real complicated thing. If we stay healthy, have enough depth and get the good goaltending we think we're going to have, you can go all the way. But a lot of things have to happen. There's going to be a lot of teams that think the same thing. Everyone made deals. We're all are optimistic about where we'll end up.
— Rangers general manager Glen Sather after being asked if he's constructed a team that can win the Stanley Cup before their 4-1 win against the Predators on Monday