Raiders to open season against Pats

Herald File Photo Prince Albert Raiders forward D-Jay Jerome squared off with Tanner Sidaway of the Regina Pats during a WHL game at the Art Hauser Centre in December.

The Prince Albert Raiders will be taking on a provincial foe when the 2018-19 Western Hockey League season gets underway.

The team announced Monday morning that they will be starting the new campaign on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Art Hauser Centre against the Memorial Cup runner-up Regina Pats.

Both sides will then play each other again a night later at the Brandt Centre in Regina.

They will also do battle during the pre-season in Regina on Friday, Sept. 14.

Last year, the East Division rivals squared off on eight occasions, with the Pats sweeping the season series.

The Raiders have lost their last 15 regular season matchups with the Pats, with their last win coming in Regina on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.

The WHL will be releasing the full schedule for the 2018-19 campaign Tuesday.