These Tiger tamers are for real

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The Prince Albert Raiders, who visit the 'Dome tomorrow, are starting to find their stride. The Raiders entered the season with high expectations but then stumbled out of the blocks (6-11-2-1).

They served notice Sunday they're for real, dealing the Medicine Hat Tigers just their second loss of the season.

"When you are the road, any two points are great," Kyle Chipchura, who scored twice in the 3-1 win, told the Medicine Hat News.

"It is probably the highest point in our season so far.

"I think it gives us lots to build on.

"We finally had some bounces go our way. We are going to enjoy this one for right now but there are still a lot of games left."

REBELS FALLING BACK: Life without Dion has not been kind to the Red Deer Rebels.

The Rebels won their first two games, over lesser lights Moose Jaw and Swift Current, after Calgary Flames prospect Dion Phaneuf went down with a shoulder injury in a game against the Hitmen Oct. 23.

But they were beaten handily by Kelowna and Vancouver last week.

Phaneuf is listed as day to day with a shoulder injury.

TOP PLAYER: Jon Bubnick, younger brother of former Calgary Hitmen Michael, was named Greyhound WHL Player of the Week yesterday.

The Regina forward scored five goals and eight points as the Pats went 3-0.

Bubnick is a 19-year-old from Saskatoon.

PLUS SIDE: A quartet of Saskatoon Blades sit atop the league in plus/minus, including Calgarians Mike Green (plus-23, 1st) and Wacey Rabbit (plus-20, 3rd) ... Calgary rookie Konstantin Pushkarev sits fifth among freshman scorers with 14 points in 18 games ... The Hitmen powerplay has enjoyed a resurgence since coach Kelly Kisio moved Ryan Getzlaf back to the point. The unit, which scored three times against Vancouver Sunday, moved up six spots in the league over the past week (13.7%, 12th).


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