'Dome spells doom for Raiders

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Jeremy Colliton has never raised his arms in victory at the Saddledome.

Hailing from Blackie, Colliton and his family were faithful Hitmen fans and Flames season-ticket holders.

So he often envisioned himself scoring loads of goals on 'Dome ice.

But suited up in Prince Albert Raiders gear, he has yet to taste victory there.

"Certainly, we've had some trouble," Colliton said yesterday.

"I'm from there so it would be really nice to get a win there."

Yup, it's been 28 tries for the Raiders at the 'Dome -- one long streak of futility dating back to 1995. The Raiders take another shot tonight against the host Hitmen (7 p.m., Fan 960, Shaw TV).

"There's no better time to break that streak," said Colliton, a 2003 second-round, 58th-overall draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2003.

And Colliton, who is in his fourth season with the Raiders (6-11-2-1), said his teammates are feeling better than they have all season.

Beating the Tigers, the defending league champs, 3-1 Sunday in Medicine Hat boosted their spirits after a slow start.

And that's despite a wealth of draft picks, including Colliton plus 2004 selections Kyle Chipchura (first round, 18th overall, Montreal Canadiens), Dane Byers (second round, 48th overall, New York Rangers) and Aki Seitsonen (fourth round, 118th overall, Calgary Flames).

"It's been a combination of bad things for us," said Colliton, who has logged seven goals and 12 assists in 20 games this season. "We weren't playing well defensively, then we were playing well but we couldn't score. It was always the wrong things at the wrong times. We're better than our record shows but (Sunday) was a big deal for us."

Raiders head coach Peter Anholt said his boys caught the Tigers off guard.

"It was a pretty good feeling for the guys," Anholt said.


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