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Raymond nets hat trick in first Battle of Alberta

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

EDMONTON, AB -- Mason Raymond's first experience in the Battle of Alberta is one he will never forget.

The Cochrane, AB native netted his third career hat trick in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, helping push the Calgary Flames to their first victory of the 2014-15 campaign.

"Of course it's nice to contribute, be a part of the win," he smiled. "Those two points are huge for us. It gets us in the win column and turning in the right direction.

"I've played in this rink even prior to playing in the NHL, with the Alberta Junior Hockey League. A lot of good memories. The Battle of Alberta is something that has always been there and will continue to be. It was a hard fought battle and I'm glad we came out on top."

Two of Raymond's goals came in the third period and can be credited to him feeling more comfortable in the position he was playing.

To start the game, Raymond was playing right wing but after watching him struggle through the first two periods, the coaching staff shuffled him over.

"We had him on right wing the first two periods and I thought he was a little bit lost. We tried this also in pre-season," head coach Bob Hartley explained. "I can tell you Mason Raymond is a good left wing for us."

On his first tally, coming at the 3:16 mark of the first period, Raymond cut to the front of the net and was able to deflect a hard shot from Mark Giordano.

His speed was on display on his second marker, which ended up being the game-winner. Taking a chip pass from Lance Bouma in the neutral zone, Raymond dashed up-ice, managed to get past Oilers captain Andrew Ference, and wired a bullet past goaltender Ben Scrivens.

"When he got that stride on the Oilers defenceman, we knew we had a good chance," Hartley said. "What a great shot. A perfect shot."

On his third goal, he shook off Justin Schultz to get himself in position to take a cross-crease pass from Jiri Hudler.

Through 29 career games against the Oilers, Raymond now has nine goals and 17 points.

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