The Prince Albert Raiders are on their way to the 2019 Memorial Cup in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On Monday night, the Raiders beat the Vancouver Giants 3-2 in overtime in game seven of the Western Hockey League final.
With 1:35 left in the first overtime period, centre Dante Hannoun of Delta, British Columbia scored from Noah Gregor of Beaumont, Alberta and Max Martin of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gregor was involved in all three of the Raiders goals as he notched one goal in the second period to put the Raiders up 2-1 and then scored again at 4:25 of the third period to put Prince Albert up 3-2. Parker Kelly of Camrose, Alberta also had a multi-point game for Prince Albert in game seven, as he notched two assists on the Gregor goals.
This was the first time since 2007 that game seven of the Western Hockey League Final went to overtime. That year the Giants also lost in the final as the Medicine Hat Tigers beat Vancouver 3-2 in double overtime.
This is the second time in franchise history that the Raiders are in the Memorial Cup. In 1985, the Raiders were Memorial Cup champions when they beat the Shawinigan Cataractes 6-1 in the final from Drummondville, Quebec.
All of the participants for the 2019 Memorial Cup in Halifax has now been decided. The Raiders will be joined by the host Halifax Mooseheads, the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.