By Colton Hordichuk – ReginaPats.com
On Saturday night, the Regina Pats were back at home where they looked to bounce back from a 6-3 loss to the Blades the previous night in Saskatoon. This was the first time the Pats and the Lethbridge Hurricanes have met at the Brandt Centre this season.
Momentum was in favor of the Pats early in the first period. Pats forward Emil Sylvegard and Lane Scheidl had an excellent two-on-one chance, but failed to capitalize on a broken play. Both teams showed dislike for each other early in the game. After a scrum, the Pats’ Tye Hand and Canes’ Axel Blomqvist were both given minors for roughing at 13:54. The teams played 4-on-4 for two minutes, and a Scheidl shot beat the Hurricanes’ rookie goaltender Christopher Tai, but not the post. Adam Rossignol was called for the home team’s first penalty of the game at 11:24. The Pats’ successfully killed off the Rossignol’s penalty and allowed one shot on goal. Brady Ramsay took the Hurricanes’ first penalty of the game at 7:50 for roughing. The Blue and White continued to test Tai, but didn’t make good on their lone powerplay chance of the period. Pats led in shots 8-4 at the end of the first period with the score deadlocked at zero.
The rough play picked up for both teams at the start of the second period. After the Pats’ killed off a Bryar Ortynski penalty at 16:27 of the frame, the home team stormed back. Dyson Stevenson made the score 1-0 after a tip-in from Adam Brooks and Colten Mayor at 11:47 of the second period. Just over two minutes after the Pats’ first tally, the Canes’ Harrison Harper took an unsportsmanlike penalty behind the play in the Pats’ defensive zone. Lane Scheidl made good on the Pats’ second powerplay of the game with a tip-in goal from Stevenson and Colby Williams with 9:02 to go in the frame.
Hurricanes forward Jaimen Yakubowski was called for a hit-from-behind, which sparked a fight between Yakubowski and Pats’ Stephen Hak just over thirty seconds after Scheidl’s goal. Stevenson got his second goal of the game with 2:29 left to go in the frame. His late tally came from Brooks and Mayor again. Stevenson’s assist and two goals propelled the Blue and White to a 3-0 lead over the Hurricanes at the end of the rough second period.
Physicality continued to be the name of the game in the third. Both teams began the third period 4-on-4 with both the Pats’ Mayor and the Canes’ Ramsay in the box for coincidental slashing minors just prior to puck drop. As play revved up, Pats forward Braden Christoffer delivered a bone-crushing hit on Ramsay. The Cane’s forward responded to the hit and dropped the mitts with Christoffer. Hurricanes defenseman Daniel Johnston received a checking from behind on Pats’ Emil Sylvegard. Stevenson made Johnston pay for his penalty and capped off the hat-trick with another powerplay goal from Klimchuk and Sylvegard.
Sylvegard was called for a penalty of his own at 10:18 for kneeing. The Blue and White remained perfect on the penalty kill and the score remained 4-0 in favor of the home team. Just as both teams were finally 5-on-5, Pats’ Hand made a trip to the box for a questionable tripping call with 6:46 to go in the third. The penalty parade continued for both teams when the Canes’ Jamal Watson and the Pats’ Williams were called for coincidental roughing thirty-five seconds after the Hand minor. Matt Hewitt stopped all thirty-two shots he faced in the rough game and shutout the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Blue and White also went perfect on the penalty kill, and won their third straight game at home.
1. Dyson Stevenson – 3G, 1A
2. Lane Scheidl – 1G
3. Matt Hewitt – 32 Svs
Next Game: at Vancouver – Friday, November 16th – 9 p.m. CST (CKRM)
Next Home Game: vs. Spokane – Saturday, December 1st – 7 p.m. (CKRM)