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RECAP: Pats battle hard in 4-2 loss to Saskatoon Saturday at the Brandt Centre

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The Regina Pats battled hard in a 4-2 loss to the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre.

The Blades scored the lone goal of the first on the powerplay from Eric Florchuk and led 1-0 after one, despite the Pats leading 16-13 on the shot clock. In the second, the Blades added two more and led 3-0 after 40 minutes. In the third, the Pats broke through on a shorthanded penalty shot from Duncan Pierce, his seventh and it was 3-1. Saskatoon got the three-goal lead back four minutes later, but Regina responded with another shorthanded marker, this one from Riley Krane, his 10th of the season to cut the lead to 4-2. The Pats pulled Dean McNabb for the extra attacker late but could not draw any closer and fell 4-2.

The Pats outshot Saskatoon 33-32, the powerplay was oh for three, the penalty kill four for five and Dean McNabb made 28 saves.

The Pats (12-33-1-1) are off until Friday when they will host the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Saskatoon – Eric Florchuk (12) from Kyle Crnkovic and Emil Malysjev – 10:44 PP.

Second Period
Saskatoon – Cyle McNabb (3) from Dawson Davidson – 3:38.
Saskatoon – Eric Florchuk (13) from Max Gerlach and Ryan Hughes – 18:50.

Third Period
Regina – Duncan Pierce (7) unassisted – 2:28 SH, PS.
Saskatoon – Cyle McNabb (4) from Tristen Robins and Brandon Schuldhaus – 6:01.
Regina – Riley Krane (10) unassisted – 11:27 SH.

Shots on Goal
Regina 16-7-10-(33)               Saskatoon 13-11-8-(32)

Powerplays
Regina 0/3                               Saskatoon 1/5

Quick Hits
– Duncan Pierce extended his point streak to five games, has three goals and three assists in that stretch.
– Riley Krane scored his 10th to extend his point streak to five games with two goals and three assists.
– The Pats scored twice shorthanded and have six goals on the penalty kill this year.

What’s Next?
The Pats are off until Friday when they will host the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7 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.

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