The Regina Pats dropped a tight one, 3-2 in Kelowna to the Rockets on Wednesday night.
The Rockets picked up the game’s first goal 2:15 into the opening period. Kyle Crosbie banged in his own rebound and it was 1-0 Kelowna after one. In the second, the Rockets got a powerplay goal from Nolan Foote to lead 2-0 eight minutes in. Regina got one back when Jake Leschyshyn streaked up the left wing and poked in his team leading 16th to cut the Kelowna lead in half. The Rockets got the two-goal lead back with another powerplay goal from Nolan Foote late in the second and it was 3-1 after two periods. In the final frame, it stayed 3-1 until the 19-minute mark when Aaron Hyman scored his fifth of the year on the powerplay and the Pats got to within a goal. The Rockets held on from there and picked up the two points in a 3-2 final.
The Pats were outshot 31-25, the powerplay was one for four and the penalty kill went three for five. Nick Henry and Jake Leschyshyn led the offence with two points each, while Dean McNabb made 28 saves.
The Pats (8-16-0-0) will wrap up their West Coast road trip on Friday against the Prince George Cougars at 9 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM.
Kelowna – Kyle Crosbie (3) from Mark Liwiski and Michael Farren – 2:15.
Kelowna – Nolan Foote (14) from Leif Mattson and Liam Kindree – 8:12 PP.
Regina – Jake Leschyshyn (16) from Austin Pratt and Nick Henry – 13:00.
Kelowna – Nolan Foote (15) from Lassi Thomson and Liam Kindree – 18:23 PP.
Regina – Aaron Hyman (5) from Nick Henry and Jake Leschyshyn – 19:00 PP.
Shots on Goal
Regina 6-9-10-(25) Kelowna 10-16-5-(31)
Regina 1/4 Kelowna 2/5
– Jake Leschyshyn extended his point streak to 12 games, has 11 goals and nine assists in the streak.
– Nick Henry has a goal and three assists in his last two games to reach 37 points on the year.
– Aaron Hyman picked up his fifth goal of the year to reach 23 points on the year.
The Pats will wrap up their West Coast road trip on Friday against the Prince George Cougars at 9 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Saturday, December 1 against the Prince Albert Raiders. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.