The Pats broke out to a strong start in Prince Albert opening up a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Pats fourth line produced the opening goal as Braden Christoffer dug a puck off the boards, broke to the front of the net and sniped a backhand to the top corner of the P.A. goal for his first WHL goal. Griffin Mumby picked up an assist for his first WHL point. The Pats picked up some early insurance when Colten Mayor and Dyson Stevenson came in on a 2-on-1 chance. Mayor found Stevenson with a cross-ice pass and Stevenson waited out Luke Siemens before lifting the puck to the back of the net. The Pats penalty kill was forced to go to work when Kyle Burroughs was called for a five-minute kneeing major. With two minutes killed off due to a P.A. instigator penalty, the Pats PK stymied the Raiders powerplay, not allowing a shot on goal. Teagan Sacher looked strong in the Pats net stopping all of Prince Albert’s offerings in a period that saw the Raiders outshoot Regina 11-8.
The middle frame got off to an explosive start as the Raiders opened up on the powerplay with Trent Ouellette in the box for roughing. The Raider powerplay would capitalize on the chance just over one minute into the frame. Dakota Conroy banged in a rebound off a point shot to bring the Raiders within one goal. With the Raiders seeming to grab the momentum, the Pats would turn the tables. Siemens, out of his net, gave the puck away to Chandler Stephenson who found Lane Scheidl in front to restore the two goal lead. The Raiders weren’t discouraged with the turn of events and controlled the play for much of the second. Teagan Sacher stood strong, though, not allowing another goal in the period. In the second fight of the game, Dyson Stevenson dropped the gloves with Evan Morden after the Pats forward took exception to a hit Morden threw on Colten Mayor. The two traded blows and Stevenson showed some respect for his opponent when Morden slipped to the ice and Stevenson allowed the Raider to regain his footing before continuing the tussle. The Pats PK would go back to work late in the frame and once again blanked the Raiders PP at a critical time to head into the third period with a 3-1 lead.
With a two goal lead in the third period, the Pats didn’t need long to extend the lead. After Colby Williams held the puck in at the point, Dyson Stevenson chipped the puck along to Trent Ouellette who threaded the needle to Morgan Klimchuk on the far side for a tap in goal and a 4-1 Pats lead. The Blue and White didn’t stop there as Braden Christoffer would strike for his second of the game when he jammed in a rebound after a backhand try from Connor Gay. Just seconds later, though, the Raiders got it back as Dakota Conroy sent a puck off the leg of a pats defender that took a wild bounce through Sacher and into the goal. Despite some late feistiness, the game would wrap up without any more scoring and the Pats took home two points with a 5-2 victory.
Three Stars Shots Powerplay Attendance: 2843
1. Dyson Stevenson – 1G, 1A Regina: 8-6-6-20 Regina – 0/3
2. Colton Jobke Prince Albert: 11-12-9-32 Prince Albert – 1/5
3. Shane Danyluk
Next Game: vs. Brandon – Sunday, January 6th – 6 p.m. (CKRM)
Next Home Game: vs. Brandon – Sunday, January 6th – 6 p.m. (CKRM)