Max Paddock made 51 saves to kick off 2019 but the Prince Albert Raiders edged the Regina Pats 5-3 at the Brandt Centre on Tuesday.
The Raiders outshot the Pats 18-4 in the first period, but Paddock stopped them all and it was scoreless after one. Early in the second, the Raiders scored shorthanded to take the 1-0 lead. The Pats drew even late in the frame, Robbie Holmes scored on a breakaway for his eighth and it was 1-1 after two. In the third, Prince Albert took a 2-1 lead with a powerplay goal, but the Pats responded 14 seconds later to tie it up. Liam Schioler from the left circle for his third and it was 2-2. 1:22 after that, Riley Krane picked up his seventh of the season and the Pats took their first lead at 3-2. The Raiders came back with a tying goal at 11:04 and then a powerplay marker at 15:39 to take the lead back at 4-3. The Pats pulled Paddock late, but Prince Albert scored into the empty net with one second left and took the two points in a 5-3 final.
The Pats were outshot 56-23, the powerplay was oh for three and the penalty kill three for five. Riley Krane led the offence with a goal and an assist, while Max Paddock was fantastic making 51 saves.
The Pats (12-25-0-1) will return to action on Friday on the road against the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM.
Prince Albert – Parker Kelly (16) from Sean Montgomery – 0:19 SH.
Regina – Robbie Holmes (8) from Riley Krane and Austin Pratt – 18:37.
Prince Albert – Cole Fonstad (13) from Sean Montgomery and Noah Gregor – 4:04 PP.
Regina – Liam Schioler (3) from Sergei Alkhimov – 4:18.
Regina – Riley Krane (7) unassisted – 5:40.
Prince Albert – Sean Montgomery (17) from Parker Kelly and Ozzy Wiesblatt – 11:04.
Prince Albert – Sergei Sapego (7) from Cole Fonstad and Noah Gregor – 15:39 PP.
Prince Albert – Parker Kelly (17) from Noah Gregor – 19:59 EN.
Shots on Goal
Regina 4-12-7-(23) Prince Albert 18-15-23-(56)
Regina 0/3 Prince Albert 2/5
– Liam Schioler has goals in back to back games for the first time in his WHL career.
– Max Paddock had a season high 51 saves in the loss.
– The Pats are 3-1-0-0 since the Christmas break.
The Pats will return to action on Friday on the road against the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Sunday against the Seattle Thunderbirds at 4 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.