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Raiders Use Shootout To Slip Past ICE

Chris Pullen / Cranbrook Photo

Cole Fonstad scored in the eighth round of the shootout to lift the Prince Albert Raiders past the Kootenay ICE 4-3 Saturday at Western Financial Place.

Colton Kroeker and Vince Loschiavo both finished with three-point outings for Kootenay, while Curtis Miske chipped in with a goal and an assist for the visitors.

Kroeker, the reigning Steeples Construction ICE Player of the Month following a 15-point January, opened the scoring 3:26 into the game after hard pass from right to left across the Raiders zone from Loschiavo. The Surrey, BC product rifled a low one-timer in for his tenth tally of the season.

Prince Albert tied the game late in the opening period off a turnover in the neutral zone. Overage forward Cavin Leth snuck around a diving Kootenay defenseman to feed a puck across the low slot to forward Simon Stransky, who one-timed a shot past goaltender Payton Lee from close range.

Following a scoreless middle frame, Loschiavo gave the ICE a 2-1 lead early in period three. He accepted a pass from Kroeker in the left circle, then fired a low snap shot past the left leg of Raiders netminder Nicholas Sanders for his 20th goal of the campaign.

After the Raiders went ahead 3-2 on goals from Parker Kelly and Miske, Kootenay forced overtime with 1:17 remaining in regulation time when Loschiavo floated a pass from the left wing to the right post for Kroeker to tap in.

The ICE came close to snatching the game in overtime on a pair of opportunities from captain Cale Fleury. The Kootenay rearguard was foiled by Sanders on an early breakaway before whipping a shot off the crossbar in the dying embers of extra time.

Forward Brett Davis gave the ICE the lead in the shootout on a nifty backhand move in round two, but goals from Leth and Fonstad helped Prince Albert claim the extra point Saturday.

Lee turned aside 25 shots, while Sanders stopped 34.

Kootenay finished 0-7 on the power play while the Raiders were 0-3.

HADDAD FINANCIAL SERVICES 3 STARS:
1. Colton Kroeker, Kootenay
2. Curtis Miske, Prince Albert
3. Vince Loschiavo, Kootenay

UP NEXT: the ICE face a quick turnaround with a visit Sunday from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Game time is 4:00 PM at Western Financial Place. The Box Office will open at noon for ticket sales.

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