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RECAP: Pats fall 8-5 in back and forth affair with Medicine Hat

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The Regina Pats fell 8-5 on home ice Friday night in a back and forth affair with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the first on the powerplay at the 11:05 mark. Jake Leschyshyn responded for the Pats with his team leading sixth, 1:36 later to make it 1-1. Medicine Hat added another on the powerplay late in the frame and led 2-1 at the break. In the second, the Pats got a tying goal from Liam Schioler, his first, and then 41 seconds later Duncan Pierce scored his third of the year and Regina took their first lead at 3-2. The Tigers came back with four goals in the final 6:16 of the period and led 6-3 after 40 minutes. In the third, Medicine Hat got the lead to 7-3 before Aaron Hyman and Nick Henry each scored their fourth goals of the season to get the Pats within two at 7-5. They would pull the goalie late and Medicine Hat scored into the empty net to make it 8-5 and that was the final score.

The Pats and Tigers tied 36-36 on the shot clock, the Regina powerplay was one for two and the penalty kill four for six. Austin Pratt, Jake Leschyshyn, Duncan Pierce and Koby Morrisseau led Regina with two-point nights, while Max Paddock and Dean McNabb combined to make 28 saves.

The Pats (3-10-0-0) will hit the road on Saturday to take on the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM 2 via 620ckrm.com.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Medicine Hat – Ryan Chyzowski (4) from James Hamblin and Linus Nassen – 11:05 PP.
Regina – Jake Leschyshyn (6) from Austin Pratt and Jonas Harkins – 12:36.
Medicine Hat – Josh Williams (1) from Dylan MacPherson and Elijah Brown – 16:37 PP.

Second Period
Regina – Liam Schioler (1) from Koby Morrisseau and Duncan Pierce – 8:15.
Regina – Duncan Pierce (3) from Marco Creta and Robbie Holmes – 8:56.
Medicine Hat – Ryan Chyzowski (5) from Ryan Jevne and Linus Nassen – 13:44 PP.
Medicine Hat – Logan Christensen (2) from Daniel Baker – 14:16.
Medicine Hat – James Hamblin (8) from Hayden Ostir – 17:05.
Medicine Hat – James Hamblin (9) from Tyler Preziuso and Ryan Chyzowski – 19:43 PP.

Third Period
Medicine Hat – Jaxon Steele (1) from Dawson Heathcote and Hayden Clayton – 5:24.
Regina – Aaron Hyman (4) from Koby Morrisseau – 8:16.
Regina – Nick Henry (4) from Jake Leschyshyn and Austin Pratt – 16:25 PP.
Medicine Hat – Tyler Preziuso (7) unassisted – 19:16 EN.

Shots on Goal
Regina 10-10-16-(36)    Medicine Hat 9-13-14-(36)

Powerplays
Regina 1/2        Medicine Hat 4/6

Quick Hits
– Duncan Pierce had his first multi-point game of his WHL career.
–  Liam Schioler scored his first goal of the season in the defeat.
– The Pats went 54 and 21 in the faceoff circle in the contest.

What’s Next?
The Pats will hit the road on Saturday to take on the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM 2 via 620ckrm.com. Next home game is Sunday for Breast Cancer Awareness Night against the Swift Current Broncos at 4 p.m. 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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