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Zemlak sparkles as the Raiders hand Vancouver a rare home loss

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VANCOUVER - Garrett Zemlak made 40 saves in regulation and overtime and another three in the shootout as the Prince Albert Raiders stunned the WHL-leading Vancouver Giants 5-4 on Saturday night.

Dustin Cameron's shootout goal gave the Raiders the victory, but Zemlak's goaltending was ultimately the difference as the Giants outshot the Raiders 44-10 before a shocked crowd of 5,860 at the Pacific Coliseum.

Zemlak, an undrafted 19-year-old who was cast adrift by the Saskatoon Blades in the off-season, remained undefeated in four games, including two shootouts.

Prince Albert did not record a single shot in the third period as Vancouver unleashed 21 on Zemlack and overcame a 4-1 second-period deficit.

Ryan McDonald, Justin Bernhardt, Andy Smith, and Matt Robertson scored in regulation time as the Raiders (4-5-0-1) ended a two-game losing skid.

James Wright led Vancouver with two goals while Brent Regner and Craig Schira also scored for the Giants (7-0-0-2), who suffered their first home loss.

Prince Albert scored on three of its first four shots and then desperately tried to hold off Vancouver the rest of the way.

McDonald opened the scoring 5:26 into the game as he put a rebound off the end boards past Giants rookie goaltender Jamie Tucker. It was the Raiders' first shot of the game.

Bernhardt gave Prince Albert a 2-0 lead on its second shot at 9:02.

Vancouver coach Don Hay promptly pulled Tucker in favour of veteran Tyson Sexsmith, but the Raiders capitalized only two shots later as Smith fired in a pass from James Dobrowolski on a two-on-one.

While Vancouver's goaltenders struggled, Prince Albert netminder Garrett Zemlak sparkled. Following Smith's goal, the Raiders did not manage another shot for the rest of the period. They were outshot 12-4 in the opening 20 minutes.

Regner reduced Vancouver's deficit to 3-1 on a power play at 6:18 of the second period. He easily put in Evander Kane's rebound as the winger attempted a wraparound. The goal came while Zak Stebner was serving an interference penalty.

The Raiders managed only one shot on Sexsmith in the first 15 minutes of the second, but Robertson increased Prince Albert's lead to 4-1 on a five-on-three power play at 16:32.

Wright cut Vancouver's deficit to 4-2 at 5:01 of the third as he deflected in Jon Blum's shot. Schira pulled the Giants within a goal at 9:02 as his point shot somehow went through a crowd of players in front of Zemlak during a Vancouver power play.

Wright forced overtime and the shootout as he created a 4-4 tie a minute and 12 seconds later as he put in Mike Berube's rebound off the end boards. All of the goals came before the Raiders recorded their first shot of the period.

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