For the first time since the 1998-99 Western Hockey League Regular Season, the Prince Albert Raiders have clinched the top spot in the WHL’s East Division.
By virtue of Saturday’s 7-1 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Raiders will also enter the 2019 WHL Playoffs as the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference.
Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) scored a pair of goals and finished with three points while Cole Fonstad (Montreal Canadiens) had a goal and four points. Ozzy Wiesblatt contributed a goal and two assists in the win as well.
The East Division title is the fourth in franchise history for Prince Albert after top-seeded finishes in 1985, 1992, and 1999. The victory moved the Raiders’ record this season to 49-8-1-2, tying the 1971-72 Calgary Centennials for the most wins in a 68-game regular season.
The home victory also moved the Raiders to 24-4-1-0 at home, giving them sole possession of first place for the most home victories in the WHL this season.
Up next for the Raiders is a continuation of their five-game homestand Wednesday, February 27 (7:00 p.m. CT) against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.