The Regina Pats dropped a 6-2 road decision to the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night.
The Blades struck twice in the span of 18 seconds to take the lead nine minutes into the game. First Max Gerlach and then Ryan Hughes and it was 2-0 Saskatoon after one. The Blades extended the lead to three, four minutes into the second, Kirby Dach with the goal and it was 3-0. The Pats responded in the final six minutes of the period. Cole Dubinsky tipped home a point shot for his second of the year to get the Pats on the board. Then, with just over two minutes left in the period, Austin Pratt stole a puck in the offensive zone and scored from an almost impossible angle for his 17th and the Pats were down just 3-2 after 40 minutes. In the third, Saskatoon scored on the powerplay early to lead 4-2. They added another at the eight-minute mark and one with less than a minute left to take the two points in a 6-2 final.
The Pats were outshot 34-17, the powerplay was oh for five, the penalty kill five for six and Dean McNabb made 28 saves.
The Pats (12-32-1-1) will host a rematch with the Blades on Saturday at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m.
Saskatoon – Max Gerlach (27) from Dawson Davidson and Gary Haden – 9:31.
Saskatoon – Ryan Hughes (19) from Kirby Dach and Dawson Davidson – 9:49.
Saskatoon – Kirby Dach (18) from Emil Malysjev and Dawson Davidson – 4:29.
Regina – Cole Dubinsky (2) from Riley Krane – 14:08.
Regina – Austin Pratt (17) from Kyle Walker and Duncan Pierce – 17:56.
Saskatoon – Riley McKay (8) from Brandon Schuldhaus and Emil Malysjev – 1:16 PP.
Saskatoon – Chase Wouters (9) from Brandon Schuldhaus and Eric Florchuk – 7:41.
Saskatoon – Cyle McNabb (2) from Tristen Robins – 19:08.
Shots on Goal
Regina 6-7-4-(17) Saskatoon 10-15-9-(34)
Regina 0/5 Saskatoon 1/6
– Riley Krane extended his point streak to four games, has one goal and three assists in that stretch.
– Austin Pratt set a new career high with his 17th goal of the season.
– The Pats are now 1-1-1-0 against the Blades this season.