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RECAP: Sam Steel leads Pats to big win over Saskatoon Wednesday

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Sam Steel put up five assists on Wednesday night as the Pats picked up a big 7-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre. Regina got goals from Josh Mahura (17) and Libor Hajek (9) to lead 2-1 after the first period. In the second the Pats scored three straight off the stick of Nick Henry who picked up his eighth, then Jesse Gabrielle potted his sixth and Jared Legien his 18th to make it a 5-1 lead. Saskatoon got one back late in the second and another early in the third to draw within a pair but on the very next shift Cameron Hebig put home his 33rd and Regina led 6-3. Hebig would add another shorthanded for his 34th to make it 7-3 and that was the final score. Sam Steel led the offence with five assists while Josh Mahura had a goal and three helpers and Cameron Hebig chipped in with two goals and an assist. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 45-29, the powerplay was three for six and the penalty kill six for seven. Ryan Kubic made 26 saves to improve to 4-1-1-0 in his Regina career. The Pats (25-20-5-0) are back in action on Saturday afternoon in Swift Current against the Broncos at 2:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Regina – Josh Mahura (17) from Cameron Hebig and Sam Steel – 2:39 PP.
Saskatoon – Chase Wouters (14) from Josh Paterson and Braylon Shmyr – 8:30.
Regina – Libor Hajek (9) from Cole Dubinsky and Tanner Sidaway – 12:21.

Second Period
Regina – Nick Henry (8) from Cale Fleury and Josh Mahura – 4:43.
Regina – Jesse Gabrielle (6) from Josh Mahura and Sam Steel – 10:51 PP.
Regina – Jared Legien (18) from Sam Steel and Libor Hajek – 14:29 PP.
Saskatoon – Max Gerlach (21) from Brad Goethals and Jake Kustra – 19:14.

Third Period
Saskatoon – Max Gerlach (22) from Jake Kustra – 0:32 PP.
Regina – Cameron Hebig (33) from Josh Mahura and Sam Steel – 1:13.
Regina – Cameron Hebig (34) from Sam Steel and Aaron Hyman – 12:31 SH.

Shots on Goal
Regina 16-15-14-(45)    Saskatoon 12-9-8-(29)

Powerplays
Regina 3/6        Saskatoon 1/7

Quick Hits
– Sam Steel eclipsed the 300 point mark for his WHL career with his five assists. He sits 17th in all-time franchise scoring with 303 points.
– Jesse Gabrielle has goals in five consecutive games with six goals in that stretch.
– Cameron Hebig extended his point streak to four games with a three point night. He has three goals and five assists in the streak.

What’s Next?
The Pats are back in action on Saturday afternoon in Swift Current against the Broncos at 2:30 p.m. Next home game is against Swift Current on Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box office.

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