Friday, 8 March 2019

Great Scott – Veteran goalie sets new Raiders shutout record

The Raiders congratulation G Ian Scott on his team shutouts record.
    PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – It was a night where he wasn’t overly busy, but Ian Scott was the man of the moment for the Prince Albert Raiders.
    The fourth-year veteran goalie made 14 saves to pick up a shutout as the Raiders thumped the Swift Current Broncos 8-0 on Friday night before a standing room crowd of 2,848 spectators at the 2,580 seat Art Hauser Centre. The shutout was the seventh of the campaign for Scott, who set a new Raiders team record for most shutouts in one regular season.
    The old record of six shutout was first set by Rejean Beauchemin in the 2003-04 campaign. Luke Siemens equaled that mark of six shutouts in the 2012-13 season before Scott set a new standard on Friday.
Netminder Ian Scott gets focused for the third period on Friday.
    “It is a pretty cool accomplishment,” said Scott, who played for Canada at the last world juniors. “It wouldn’t have happened this season without the team in front of me.
    “A lot of thanks goes towards them for shutting it down tonight and making it two in a row.”
    Back on Tuesday, Scott made 24 saves to equal the Raiders record for most shutouts in a season in a 6-0 victory also over the Broncos at the Art Hauser Centre.
    The win on Friday allowed the Raiders to improve their WHL leading record to 52-9-2-2. Scott, who turned 20-years-old in early January, has been a big part of what has been an outstanding season for the Raiders.
Captain Brayden Pachal had a goal and an assist on Friday.
    In 46 appearances with the Raiders this season, Scott has posted a 36-7-3 record, a 1.86 goals against average and a .932 save percentage to go with his seven shutouts.
    Having joined the Raiders as a 16-year-old rookie back in 2015-16, Scott admits he is amazed by how far his career has come. He said it has been great he has been able to enjoy the ride with some long time teammates, who help make up the core of the Raiders.
    “I think it is pretty crazy,” said Scott, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 183 pounds. “The past few seasons probably weren’t the strongest.
    “Just coming in this season, I think it is a real eye opener about a lot of personal things I have worked on, and I think it has helped.
    “I share a lot of those moments with Parker (Kelly). (Zack) Hayes I’ve been with since like midget. It is pretty special as a team I think.”
    Scott’s shutout on Friday proved to be more of a mental challenge than a physical one, because he didn’t see a whole lot of shots on goal. He kept his concentration up despite going long stretches of time without seeing any action.
Ian Scott made 14 saves for his record shutout win on Friday.
    With the Raiders holding a comfortable 7-0 lead after 40 minutes, team captain and veteran defenceman Brayden Pachal said attention increased towards helping Scott get the record. Prince Albert allowed only two shots on goal over the final 20 minutes of Friday’s contest.
    “It is one of those things we talked about it during the second intermission,” said Pachal, who had a goal, two assists and was a plus-four in the plus-minus department in Friday’s win. “We wanted to get that for him.
    “It seems like whenever we don’t talk about him getting a shutout he doesn’t get it. It is one of those things it might be a jinx for some guys, but not for him. He definitely locks it down.”
    Pachal was pumped to see Scott get the Raiders regular season shutouts record.
Brett Leason scored twice for the Raiders on Friday.
    “It is pretty awesome,” said Pachal. “He (Scott) has had a phenomenal season.
    “He has been our backbone back there, so it was going to happen. I was just a matter of time, so it was good on him.”
    Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid said that Scott wasn’t tested during the team’s last two games like in some of the other shutouts veteran puck stopper has had. With that said, Habscheid said you can never discount the work that goes into getting a shutout, and he was happy to see Scott get the team record for most shutouts in one season.
    “A shutout is a shutout,” said Habscheid. “He (Scott) is an important guy for us.
    “He has been that all year. You could tell the guys were doing what they had to do to help him out in that regard tonight for sure.”
Spencer Moe had a goal for the Raiders on Friday.
    The Raider built a 4-0 lead in the first period scoring on their second and third shots on goal in the process. They proceeded to cruise to victory from that point.
    Brett Leason and Parker Kelly each scored twice for the Raiders, while Noah Gregor, Cole Fonstad and Spencer Moe had singles.
    Isaac Poulter, who is a 17-year-old rookie, turned away 40 shots to take the setback in goal for the Broncos. The Broncos, who are going through a major rebuild after winning the WHL championship last season, fell to 10-47-4-2 to continue to sit last in the league.
    “It was a tough game,” said Habscheid. “They’re rebuilding, and they just know it is tough to play at that time of the year for them.
Cole Fonstad had a goal for the Raiders on Friday.
    “I thought our guys played real good. We started off good, and we had good tempo. Our structure was good.”
    The Broncos return to action on Saturday when they travel to Saskatoon to take on the Blades (7 p.m., SaskTel Centre).
    The Raiders hit the ice again on Sunday when they travel to Swift Current to face the Broncos (4 p.m., Innovation Credit Union i-Plex).
    Scott said he will always look fondly on Friday’s game, because he set a new Raiders team record for must shutouts in one season. With that said, he wants to help his team earn bigger accomplishments in the post-season.
Parker Kelly, left, and Brayden Pachal mark the Raiders win on Friday.
    “I will always remember it, but I think we have bigger things moving forward to focus on,” said Scott, who has a signed NHL entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I think that is all our goal.”

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