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RECAP: Pats win on Max effort from Paddock

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The Regina Pats got 33 saves from Max Paddock in a 4-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre. Regina opened the scoring early in the first when Libor Hajek got a wrist shot through from the blueline for his 11th of the season. The Hurricanes powerplay tied it up late in the period and it was 1-1 after one. In the second, Sam Steel made an unbelievable play to find Matt Bradley back door and he scored his 32nd to give Regina the 2-1 lead. Steel added to the lead with a powerplay goal, his 21st and it was 3-1 after 40 minutes. In the third, Cale Fleury scored shorthanded for his 10th to extend the lead to 4-1. Lethbridge got one back with 14 seconds left, but the Pats took the two points in a 4-2 final. Sam Steel, Jake Leschyshyn, Cale Fleury and Libor Hajek all put up two points in the win while Max Paddock made 33 saves in a first star performance. Regina was outshot 35-34, the powerplay was one for 10 and the penalty kill four for six. The Pats (29-23-5-0) complete their three in three weekend on Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon against the Blades at 4 p.m. on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Regina – Libor Hajek (11) from Cale Fleury and Jake Leschyshyn – 4:04.
Lethbridge – Logan Barlage (4) from Calen Addison and Taylor Ross – 17:55 PP.

Second Period
Regina – Matt Bradley (32) from Sam Steel and Brady Pouteau – 2:23.
Regina – Sam Steel (21) from Libor Hajek and Josh Mahura – 15:09 PP.

Third Period
Regina – Cale Fleury (10) from Jake Leschyshyn and Robbie Holmes – 3:17 SH.
Lethbridge – Brad Morrison (18) from Jordy Bellerive and Jadon Joseph – 19:46 PP.

Shots on Goal
Regina 10-11-13-(34)    Lethbridge 11-11-13-(35)

Powerplays
Regina 1/4         Lethbridge 1/3

Quick Hits
– Scott Mahovlich returned to the lineup after missing the previous 12 games with a lower body injury.
– Max Paddock has given up two goals or less in nine of his last 12 appearances.
– Sam Steel has four goals and nine assists over a five game point streak.

What’s Next?
The Pats complete their three in three weekend on Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon against the Blades at 4 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Wednesday against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box office and at any Regina Safeway where Funzone Tickets are $13 plus tax.

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