The Regina Pats pushed hard in the third, but dropped a 5-2 decision at home to the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre.
In the first, the Rebels opened the scoring 10 minutes in thanks to Alexander Alexeyev. The Pats found a tying goal four minutes later, Cole Dubinsky stole a puck at centre, skated in one on one and scored his fourth of the year from the left circle to make it 1-1. The Rebels restored the lead with 40 seconds left in the frame and it was 2-1 after 20 minutes. In the second, Red Deer went up 3-1 early on a goal from Ethan Sakowich, and then at the six-minute mark, Brett Davis scored, and the Rebels led 4-1. That was the score through 40 minutes. In the third, the Pats struck on the powerplay with 3:15 left, Brady Pouteau scored his fifth from the left circle to cut the Red Deer lead to 4-2. The Rebels sealed the victory with an empty net goal late, taking the two points in a 5-2 final.
The Pats outshot the Rebels 34-27, the powerplay was one for five, the penalty kill went two for two, while Max Paddock made 22 saves.
The Pats (18-40-1-2) are back in action on Friday on the road against the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM and Access 7.
Red Deer – Alexander Alexeyev (10) from Zak Smith – 10:28.
Regina – Cole Dubinsky (4) unassisted – 14:46.
Red Deer – Ethan Sakowich (3) from Cameron Hausinger and Dawson Barteaux – 19:18.
Red Deer – Ethan Sakowich (4) from Brett Davis – 0:55.
Red Deer – Brett Davis (19) from Chris Douglas – 6:03.
Regina – Brady Pouteau (5) from Austin Pratt and Riley Krane – 16:45 PP.
Red Deer – Brandon Hagel (37) unassisted – 17:50 EN.
Shots on Goal
Regina 8-5-21-(34) Red Deer 13-10-4-(27)
Regina 1/5 Red Deer 0/2
– Brady Pouteau has three goals and two assists in his last five games.
– Regina finishes their seasons series with Red Deer with a 1-2-0-1 record.
– Regina put up 21 shots on goal in the third period, giving up just four against.
The Pats are back in action on Friday on the road against the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM and Access 7. Next home game is Saturday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 2:30 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.