PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Leon Draisaitl scored the equalizer on the power play at 2:47 of the third period, and had the lone goal in the shootout, as the Prince Albert Raiders defeated the Swift Current Broncos 2-1 in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday.
Levi Bews opened the scoring for Swift Current (6-8-4) with a power-play goal, his seventh, at 17:50 of the second period.
Broncos' netminder Eetu Laurikainen turned away 26 shots.
Prince Albert netminder Luke Siemens made 30 saves to help the Raiders (10-4-2), who have already won nearly half the games they did last season after finishing with a dismal 21-45-3-3 in 2011-12.
Raiders' head coach Steve Young thought Siemens played exceptional.
"Luke was a big part of the game tonight. He gave us a chance to win. When it came to the shootout he gave us that chance. Luke was very good tonight," he said.
"It feels good. There was a lot of disappointment last year when the season ended. The main message was work. From that point on the guys have worked. They've done the stuff over the summer. They've come in here and worked towards what we want. We've by no means arrived, but we are seeing some results because the guys have become more committed in their work ethic," Young added.