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RECAP: Henry and Leschyshyn lead Pats to 6-5 win over Saskatoon Saturday

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The Regina Pats got two goals and an assist from both Jake Leschyshyn and Nick Henry to beat the Saskatoon Blades 6-5 at the Brandt Centre on Saturday night.

The Blades opened the scoring on the powerplay, but the Pats responded with goals from Nick Henry, his seventh and Duncan Pierce, his fourth, to lead 2-1 after one. In the second, Austin Pratt picked up his eighth to extend the lead to 3-1 and that chased Blades goaltender Nolan Meier, 31 seconds into the period. The Blades got one back from Tristen Robins and trailed just 3-2. Jake Leschyshyn restored the two-goal lead on the powerplay with his eighth and the Pats led 4-2. Saskatoon came back with three in the final 7:11 of the period, two of them on the powerplay and led 5-4 at the break. In the third, Nick Henry set up Jake Leschyshyn back door for his second of the night and ninth of the season to tie the game at five. The Pats went to their second powerplay in the final five minutes, and on it, Nick Henry hammered home the game winner from the right point into the top corner for his second of the game and eighth of the season to make it 6-5 and that was the final.

The Pats were outshot 32-25 in the win, the powerplay was two for two and the penalty kill three for six. Nick Henry, Jake Leschyshyn and Aaron Hyman led the way with three point nights, while Max Paddock and Dean McNabb combined to make 27 saves.

The Pats (5-12-0-0) are back in action on Friday night against the Tri-City Americans at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Saskatoon – Max Gerlach (11) from Kirby Dach and Dawson Davidson – 3:12 PP.
Regina – Nick Henry (7) from Austin Pratt and Marco Creta – 9:48.
Regina – Duncan Pierce (4) from Riley Krane – 17:42.

Second Period
Regina – Austin Pratt (8) from Aaron Hyman and Jake Leschyshyn – 0:31.
Saskatoon – Tristen Robins (2) unassisted – 6:27.
Regina – Jake Leschyshyn (8) from Sergei Alkhimov and Aaron Hyman – 11:02 PP.
Saskatoon – Seth Bafaro (1) from Josh Paterson and Eric Florchuk – 12:49.
Saskatoon – Max Gerlach (12) from Eric Florchuk and Kirby Dach – 14:43 PP.
Saskatoon – Chase Wouters (2) from Kirby Dach and Dawson Davidson – 16:03 4v3 PP.

Third Period
Regina – Jake Leschyshyn (9) from Nick Henry and Aaron Hyman – 9:03.
Regina – Nick Henry (8) from Nikita Sedov and Cole Dubinsky – 15:48 PP.

Shots on Goal
Regina 6-11-8-(25)    Saskatoon 14-12-6-(32)

Powerplays
Regina 2/2        Saskatoon 3/6

Quick Hits
– Nick Henry put up two goals and an assist and has six goals and six assists over a seven-game point streak.
– Jake Leschyshyn also had a two goal and one assist performance to extend his point streak to five games. Has three goals and five assists in that stretch.
– Aaron Hyman had three assists, his third three-point night of the season.

What’s Next?
The Pats are back in action on Friday night against the Tri-City Americans at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.

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