Pats Finish First Half with a Loss

First Period
On a night when their teammate Morgan Klimchuk signed his entry level contract with the Calgary Flames, the Pats could use one of their top scorers in the lineup against one of the Eastern Conference’s best in the Calgary Hitmen.  The home-side opened the scoring just three minutes into the frame when Ben Thomas walked into the faceoff circle and snapped the puck by Dawson MacAuley.  Midway through the period, the Hitmen converted on their first powerplay of the game when Greg Chase slipped into the slot and one-timed the puck to the back of the net.  Calgary would tally in all three situations as Radel Fazleev blocked a Boston Leier shot and poke the puck to Jake Virtanen.  The 2014 NHL Draft prospect raced in alone and beat MacAuley with a nice backhand move to give the Hitmen a 3-0 lead after one period of time.

Second Period
The Pats had plenty of opportunities to get back in the game in the middle frame with five powerplay opportunities, but wouldn’t be able to find an answer for the Hitmen penalty kill.  Calgary would extend the league when, just as the Pats went to the powerplay, Alex Roach snapped a high wrist shot through the crowd to beat Nick Schneider for the shorthanded goal.  Just a couple minutes later the Hitmen added another special teams marker, this time on the powerplay, when Greg Chase unloaded from the faceoff circle to get the puck by Schneider and put Calgary up 6-0 through two periods of play.

Third Period
It didn’t take long for Calgary to add yet another goal to their total when Linden Penner tipped the puck in front of Schneider and it flipped over the Pats netminder and into the goal for a 6-0 Hitmen lead.  The Pats wouldn’t let the Hitmen get away unscathed, though, as they broke onto the scoresheet.  Connor Gay started the Regina scoring when his centering pass redirected off a Calgary stick and past Chris Driedger for a powerplay marker.  Just under six minutes later, Colby Williams scored his third goal of the season when he snapped the puck by Driedger from the slot.  Just 49 seconds later, Braden Christoffer sent Adam Brooks in behind the defence and Brooks pulled a nice backhander around Driedger to cut the lead to three.  That was as close as the Pats would come, though as the scoring stopped there and the Hitmen took the contest by a 6-3 score.

Three Stars




1. Greg Chase – 2G

Regina: 7-8-13-28

Regina: 1/8


2. Radel Fazleev – 3A

Calgary: 11-5-9-25

Calgary: 2/4


3. Alex Roach – 1G, 1A




Next Game: at Brandon – Friday, December 27th – 7:30 p.m. (CKRM)

Next Home Game: vs. Brandon – Saturday, December 28th – 7:00 p.m. (CKRM)

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