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Brown Helps Pats Hold Off Oil Kings

Edmonton, Alberta– The Regina Pats (5-4-0-0) made one of their final visits to Rexall Place to face off against the Edmonton Oil Kings (3-5-1-0).  The Pats got a 41 save performance from Tyler Brown in a 4-2 win.

Scoring Summary

First Period
Regina – Rykr Cole (2) – Unassisted – 0:28
Regina – Brady Pouteau (2) from Smith and Freadrich – 2:49
Edmonton – Dario Meyer (2) from Pollock and Mayo – 8:16 (PP)

Second Period
Regina – Austin Wagner (2) from Cole – 10:50

Third Period
Edmonton – Colton Kehler (1) from Bauer and Elizarov – 12:40 (PP)
Regina – Sam Steel (3) from Wagner and Brooks – 19:12 (EN)

Shots on Goal
Regina – 10-14-6-(30)   Edmonton – 15-13-15-(43)

Powerplay
Regina – 0/4   Edmonton – 2/5

Game Story
The Pats didn’t have to wait long to get on the board as Rykr Cole nabbed the puck off the linesman’s skate at the Edmonton blue line, fended off his man and slipped the puck by Alec Dillon.  The opening marker came just 28 seconds into the contest.  Just two minutes later, Brady Pouteau crashed the net and managed to poke the puck past Dillon to give the Pats a 2-0 edge.  That would end Dillon’s evening as Patrick Dea stepped between the pipes.  The Oil Kings got one back as Dario Meyer ripped a one timer past the lunging glove of Tyler Brown for a powerplay tally.  Thanks in part to some great stops by Brown, the score stayed at a 2-1 count through twenty minutes.

The second frame featured plenty of chances for both sides, but only one shooter found his mark.  Just across the midway point of the period, Cole sent Austin Wagner and Adam Brooks away on a two-on-one.  Wagner kept the puck and fired a laser to the top corner, giving the Pats a 3-1 lead.  Brown turned aside all 13 shots he faced in the period.

Edmonton turned things up looking for the tying marker, but Tyler Brown held the score at 3-1 until the 12:40 mark of the period.  With the Oil Kings on the powerplay, Colton Kehler fired the puck high off Brown’s blocker.  The puck flipped into the air and landed in behind the Pats’ goalie, bringing the score within one.  The Pats sealed the game when Austin Wagner laid a pass out for Sam Steel to tap into the net and close out the 4-2 win.

Quick Hits
– Jared Freadrich registered his first WHL assist.
– Kurtis Chapman was recalled from Olds (AJHL) to back up Tyler Brown.
-Game attendance was 4765.

What’s Next?
The Pats head down the QE2 tomorrow in preparation for a matchup with the Calgary Hitmen.  Listen to all Pats road games with Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM starting at 3:35 p.m. with puck drop at 4 p.m.

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