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.
Saskatoon – Eric Florchuk (12) from Kyle Crnkovic and Emil Malysjev – 10:44 PP.
Saskatoon – Cyle McNabb (3) from Dawson Davidson – 3:38.
Saskatoon – Eric Florchuk (13) from Max Gerlach and Ryan Hughes – 18:50.
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)
Regina 0/3 Saskatoon 1/5
– 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.
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.