The Pats got off to a solid start in the period, controlling the physical game. Braden Christoffer stepped up with a big hit down low that sparked a tilt between the Pats grinder and Vancouver captain Wes Vannieuwenhuizen. A second fight erupted between Dyson Stevenson and Jackson Houck later on in the spirited opening frame. The Giants left the first with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Trevor Cheek who banged home a rebound off the stick of Houck with Carter Popoff picking up the second assist.
The second period saw the Blue and White fall down by two early on as Kale Kessey came down the left wing and sniped a wrister behind Matt Hewitt. The teams traded opportunities back and forth as the high energy of the contest continued. On a four-on-four chance, Morgan Klimchuk put on his dancing shoes and found Lane Scheidl in front who slipped a backhander behind Payton Lee to get Regina on the board. The Pats didn’t stop there as after Klimchuk hit his second post of the game, the Blue and White put on the pressure and Kyle Burroughs popped home a rebound to bring the Pats even with the Giants 2-2 after forty.
Powerplay chances characterized the opening of the third period as the Pats killed off their first shorthanded situation and jumped on a few opportunities of their own. It was on one of these chances that the Giants struck. Kale Kessey stole the puck in his own zone and on a two on one beat Hewitt to give Vancouver the 3-2 lead. The Pats were afforded a couple more late powerplays and would finally cash in on their seventh opportunity. With Hewitt out of the goal, Scheidl found Klimchuk in front and he snapped the puck behind Lee to get the Pats even with less than a minute left and send the game to OT.
Overtime solved nothing and the Pats went to their first shooutout of the season. After Trevor Cheek and Morgan Klimchuk both scored early in the shootout it took until the seventh round for the next puck to enter the net. Rookie Thomas Foster slid the disc behind Hewitt to give the Giants the shootout lead. Emil Sylvegard tried to even things again, but the puck rolled off his stick and the Giants took home the 4-3 shootout victory.
1. Kale Kessey – 2G
2. Lane Scheidl – 1G, 2A
3. Jackson Houck – 1A
Next Game: at Victoria – Saturday, November 17th – 9:05 p.m. CST (CKRM)
Next Home Game: vs. Spokane– Saturday, December 1st – 7 p.m. (CKRM/Access 7)