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RECAP: Pats drop opening game of 2018-19 in Prince Albert

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The Regina Pats opened the 2018-19 season with a 7-2 loss on the road to the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night.

P.A. scored twice in the first and twice in the second to lead 4-0 after 40 minutes of play. In the third, the Pats pushed back starting with a goal from Aaron Hyman, his first, six minutes in. Five minutes later, Duncan Pierce scored his first career WHL goal and the Pats were within two with half a period to play. The Raiders responded 39 seconds later thanks to Carson Miller to regain the three goal lead at 5-2. Prince Albert added two late markers in the final two minutes and took the two points in a 7-2 final.

Regina was oh for two on the powerplay, the penalty kill was four for six and Max Paddock made 32 saves in the defeat.

The Pats are back in action Saturday in their home opener against the Raiders at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Prince Albert – Brett Leason (1) from Sean Montgomery and Justin Nachbaur – 4:37.
Prince Albert – Jakob Brook (1) from Sean Montgomery and Zach Hayes – 18:21.

Second Period
Prince Albert – Carson Miller (1) from Aliaksei Protas -15:27.
Prince Albert – Sergei Sapego (1) from Spencer Moe and Cole Fonstad – 17:24.

Third Period
Regina – Aaron Hyman (1) from Nick Henry and Jake Leschyshyn – 6:18.
Regina – Duncan Pierce (1) from Marco Creta and Austin Pratt – 11:13.
Prince Albert – Carson Miller (2) from Kody McDonald and Brett Leason – 11:52 PP.
Prince Albert – Eric Pearce (1) from Max Martin and Ozzy Wiesblatt – 18:05.
Prince Albert – Carson Miller (3) from Kody McDonald and Cole Fonstad – 19:41 PP.

Shots on Goal
Regina 8-2-11-(21)    Prince Albert 13-14-11-(38)

Powerplays
Regina 0/2        Prince Albert 2/6

Quick Hits
– Duncan Pierce scored his first career WHL goal on Friday.
– The Pats win streak against Prince Albert came to an end at 15 games.
– Jake Leschyshyn recorded his 100th career point in the defeat.

What’s Next?
The Pats are back in action Saturday in their home opener against the Raiders at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box Office. The 50/50 pot for the home opener will start at $60,000!

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