All good things come to an end.
The Hitmen battled hard but fell 7-3 to the Prince Albert Raiders Saturday night to end a season-high six game win streak.
Riley Stotts scored a pair of goals and Luke Coleman also scored for the Hitmen while Jack McNaughton did all he could to keep the game from getting out of hand making 34 saves.
Six different Raiders found the back of the net as Parker Kelly scored twice with Ozzy Wiesblatt, Brayden Pachal, Cole Fonstand, Dante Hannoun and Brett Leason scoring the goals for the home side. Goaltender Ian Scott was less busy than McNaughton, making 21 saves for the win.
The contest got off to a fast start as it was evident that it wasn’t going to be a slow tight checking game as the Raiders fired 15 shots in the opening 20 minutes compared to the four the Hitmen fired. Prince Albert would find the back of the net early in the frame and in the closing minutes to carry a 2-0 lead into the second.
Eight minutes into the second frame, the Hitmen were right back in the contest as Stotts would take a cross-crease feed from James Malm and fired a wrist shot from a tough angle to cut the deficit to one.
But just when it seemed the Hitmen had momentum on their side, the Raiders would score two quick goals 55 seconds apart to make a 2-1 game 4-1. The Hitmen would get one back again as Coleman would strike on a partial breakaway top corner for his 12th of the season. Before the second period would end, Prince Albert would add another to take a 5-2 lead into the final period.
The third period saw three more goals scored with two Raiders goals sandwiched in between the lone Hitmen goal. Stotts second of the night saw the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect walk into the high slot and fire a wrist shot into the top corner that no goaltender could stop.
Despite the win streak coming to an end, the Hitmen suffered their first defeat of 2019 and are still an impressive 16-5-1-1 since Nov. 11.
With the East Division portion of the road trip in the books, the Hitmen will look to get back in the win column next Saturday when they end the trip in Edmonton. They will then return back home Sunday afternoon for another divisional clash against the Rebels.