By Colton Hordichuk – ReginaPats.com
On Saturday night, the Regina Pats welcomed their division leading rivals, the Prince Albert Raiders to the Brandt Centre. The Pats came off a loss the previous night to the Calgary Hitmen and looked to end the Raiders’ three game winning streak.
The first goal of the game came early when the Pats’ Emil Sylvegard wasted no time in getting the Blue and White on the board. Sylvegard tallied his second goal of the year from Lane Scheidl and Colton Jobke with less than four minutes gone in the first period to put the Pats ahead 1-0. The Pats played with energy and aggression on the penalty kill, and successfully killed off two minor penalties taken one after another by Scheidl and Jobke. After an icing call, the Raiders evened up the score with a quick goal off of the faceoff. Prince Albert’s Sawyer Lange got the tying goal from Shane Danyluk with 6:51 to go in the first period.
In the latter stages of the first period, on what seemed like a sure goal for the visitors, Pats’ defenseman Kyle Burroughs made an incredible second effort play that kept the puck out of the goal. Pats’ goaltender Matt Hewitt stopped thirteen shots in the first and kept the game tied up at one.
Play calmed down throughout the first half of the second period, and it wasn’t until 13:06 of the frame that Pats forward Colten Mayor capitalized on an unusual bounce with assists from Jobke and Burroughs to reclaimed the lead, at 2-1. The goal seemed to put some life into the Pats squad. The home crowd backed up the Blue and White as they peppered Raiders’ goaltender Luke Siemens with pressure and shots midway through the frame.
Both teams started to show some nastiness near the end of the period when the Pats’ Burroughs and the Raiders’ Logan McVeigh dropped the mitts with 4:54 left in the second that resulted in a scrum in front of Hewitt. The scrum ended with the Raiders’ Danyluk and Jonas Knutsen along with Pats’ Tye Hand and Braden Christoffer all being dealt misconducts. The Blue and White continued their penalty kill perfection and killed off a two minute minor from the fights in front of Hewitt. The eventful period closed out with the Pats on the man-advantage and ahead 2-1 on the scoreboard.
The Pats’ lead increased to two goals after Dyson Stevenson cashed in on the powerplay with a sweet top shelf goal with assists from Klimchuk and Sylvegard just over a minute into the frame. Thirty-Six seconds after Stevenson’s goal, Jack Rodewald scored for the Blue and White with an assist from Adam Rossignol to give the home team a three goal cushion over the Raiders.
Near the end of the frame, a fight broke between Pats’ Mayor and Raiders’ Josh Morrissey, but it was the Raiders’ Harrison Ruopp that received a two-minute minor for roughing behind the play to give the Pats the man-advantage with 4:27 left in the game. The home team failed to make good of their powerplay advantage, but their ability to dominate one-on-one battles in the third allowed them to maintain constant pressure on the Raiders even after they went down a man. The Regina Pats concluded the game with a 4-1 win that put an end to the Prince Albert Raiders three game winning streak.
1. Colton Jobke – 2A
2. Matt Hewitt – 36 Svs
3. Emil Sylvegard – 1G, 1A
Next Game: vs. Seattle – Wednesday, November 7th – 7:00 p.m. (CKRM)
Next Home Game: vs. Seattle – Wednesday, November 7th – 7:00 p.m. (CKRM)