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RECAP: Pats get late surge but fall 8-6 to Acadie-Bathurst Sunday

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The Regina Pats dropped their first game of the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup on Sunday, 8-6 at the hands of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Regina got off to a good start with a goal 13 seconds in to the first period off the stick of Cameron Hebig to lead 1-0. However the Titan used a 1:22 stretch to score three times after that and led 3-1 at the break. The second period was more of the same with Acadie-Bathurst scoring three times and Regina got one from Jared Legien, his first and it was 6-2 after two. In the third, the Titan extended their lead to 7-2 early but the Pats started to fight back after that. Cameron Hebig (2), Nick Henry (2), Josh Mahura (2) and Matt Bradley (1) all scored and the Pats got to within a goal at 7-6 with 1:57 left. The Pats were unable to find the tying goal in the final minutes and the Titan scored an empty netter with a second left on the clock to win 8-6. Sam Steel led Regina with a four assist game while Cameron Hebig had three points and Max Paddock and Ryan Kubic combined to make 29 saves. The Pats (1-1) are back in action on Wednesday when they take on the Swift Current Broncos at 8 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Regina – Cameron Hebig (1) from Sam Steel – 0:13.
Acadie-Bathurst – Noah Dobson (1) from Liam Murphy and Samuel Asselin – 4:31.
Acadie-Bathurst – Ethan Crossman (1) from Mitchell Balmas and Michal Ivan – 5:35.
Acadie-Bathurst – Liam Murphy (2) from Noah Dobson and Jefferey Viel – 5:53.

Second Period
Acadie-Bathurst – Samuel Asselin (3) from Liam Murphy and Noah Dobson – 3:10.
Acadie-Bathurst – Jefferey Viel (1) from Antoine Morand and German Rubtsov – 8:49 PP.
Regina – Jared Legien (1) from Matt Bradley and Brady Pouteau – 10:45.
Acadie-Bathurst – Jefferey Viel (2) unassisted – 13:11 SH.

Third Period
Acadie-Bathurst – Ethan Crossman (2) from Michal Ivan and Olivier Galipeau – 1:39.
Regina – Cameron Hebig (2) from Sam Steel and Nick Henry – 4:40.
Regina – Nick Henry (2) from Sam Steel and Josh Mahura – 7:39 PP.
Regina – Josh Mahura (2) from Sam Steel and Cameron Hebig – 14:10.
Regina – Matt Bradley (1) from Cale Fleury and Libor Hajek – 18:03.
Acadie-Bathurst – Noah Dobson (2) unassisted – 19:59 EN.

Shots on Goal
Regina 13-11-14-(38)    Acadie-Bathurst 15-17-5-(37)

Powerplays
Regina 1/3      Acadie-Bathurst 1/3

Quick Hits
– Sam Steel had four assists on Sunday and has six points in two games in the tournament.
– Nick Henry has a goal and an assist in each of the first two games.
– Cameron Hebig picked up his first points of the tournament with two goals and as assist.

What’s Next
The Pats next game is Wednesday against the Swift Current Broncos at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at mastercardmemorialcup.ca. The Memorial Cup will continue Monday night when the Swift Current Broncos take on the Hamilton Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Tickets for that game are available as well at mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

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