RECAP: Pats overcome tough third to beat Raiders in overtime Saturday

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Sam Steel scored twice and added two assists as the Regina Pats got by the Prince Albert Raiders 5-4 in overtime on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre. After a scoreless first period, the Pats exploded for four goals in the second. Sam Steel scored twice for his 19th and 20th of the season while Emil Oksanen picked up his 13th and Josh Mahura his 18th to make it a 4-1 game after 40 minutes. In the third, the Raiders scored twice, 15 seconds apart with under eight minutes left and then with their net empty, got a game tying goal from Kody McDonald to force overtime at 4-4. In the extra frame, Cameron Hebig forced a turnover in the offensive zone, fed Sam Steel in the slot who sent a return feed left side and Hebig scored his 36th to give the Pats the extra point in a 5-4 final score. The Pats outshot Prince Albert 40-37, the powerplay was two for four and the penalty kill six for six. Sam Steel led the offence with four points while Cameron Hebig had a goal and two assists and Ryan Kubic made 33 saves. The Pats (27-22-5-0) will be back in action on Tuesday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings at 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary
First Period

Second Period
Regina – Emil Oksanen (13) unassisted – 4:22.
Regina – Sam Steel (19) from Liam Schioler and Cameron Hebig – 5:14.
Prince Albert – Brett Leason (9) from Brayden Pachal – 5:26.
Regina – Sam Steel (20) from Josh Mahura and Cameron Hebig – 8:06 PP.
Regina – Josh Mahura (18) from Sam Steel and Jake Leschyshyn – 16:17 PP.

Third Period
Prince Albert – Regan Nagy (22) from Curtis Miske – 12:30.
Prince Albert – Parker Kelly (24) unassisted – 12:45.
Prince Albert – Kody McDonald (26) from Jordy Stallard and Cole Fonstad – 19:22 6v5.

Regina – Cameron Hebig (36) from Sam Steel – 4:13.

Shots on Goal
Regina 12-17-6-5(40)    Prince Albert 8-12-14-3-(37)

Regina 2/4        Prince Albert 0/6

Quick Hits
– Sam Steel celebrated his 20th birthday with a two goal and two assist performance.
– The Pats are 6-0-0-0 against P.A. this year and have won 13 straight against the Raiders going back to last season.
– The Pats have gone 14 for 14 on the penalty kill in the last two games with a shorthanded goal.

What’s Next?
The Pats will be back in action on Tuesday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings at 7 p.m. Next home game is Friday against the Kootenay ICE at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at, the Brandt Centre Box office and at any Regina Safeway where Funzone Tickets are $13 plus tax.

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