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RECAP: Pats start road trip with hard fought loss in Portland

The Regina Pats kicked off their U.S. Division road trip with a 3-1 loss in Portland to the Winterhawks on Saturday night. Portland got the game’s first goal off the stick of Cody Glass, 3:46 into the opening period. Sam Steel got Regina even five minutes later when he picked up his seventh of the season and it was 1-1. However a Portland powerplay gave the Winterhawks the 2-1 lead at 12:19 of the first and that was the score through 20 minutes. There were no goals in the second and it wasn’t until 19:46 of the third that the Winterhawks scored an empty netter to make it 3-1 and that was the final score. The Pats were outshot 31-28 in the defeat, the powerplay was oh for one and the penalty kill two for three. Tyler Brown made 28 saves for the Pats, Cole Kehler 27 for the Winterhawks. The Pats (12-9-2-0) are right back at it Sunday in Everett against the Silvertips. Puck drop is at 6 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary
First Period

Portland – Cody Glass (11) from Matthew Quigley and Skylar McKenzie – 3:46.
Regina – Sam Steel (7) from Cale Fleury and Josh Mahura – 8:53.
Portland – Skylar McKenzie (16) from Cody Glass and Henri Jokiharju – 12:19 PP.

Second Period
NO SCORE

Third Period
Portland – Keiffer Bellows (15) unassisted – 19:46 EN.

Shots on Goal
Regina 12-7-9-(28)    Portland 10-13-8-(31)

Powerplays
Regina 0/1         Portland 1/3

Quick Hits
– Cale Fleury picked up his first point with the Pats with a first period assist.
– Sam Steel has goals in consecutive games and is up to seven on the year.
– Josh Mahura tied Dawson Davidson for the team defence scoring lead with an assist, both have 18 points overall.

What’s Next?
The Pats are right back at it Sunday in Everett against the Silvertips. Puck drop is at 6 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM.  Next home game is Friday, December 8 against the Kelowna Rockets. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box office and at all Regina Safeway locations, Safeway Funzone tickets are just $13 plus tax.

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