The Regina Pats fell 5-2 at home to the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday night at the Brandt Centre.
In the first, Calgary opened the scoring five minutes in. The Pats tied it on the powerplay four minutes later, Austin Pratt tipped in his 19th of the season and it was 1-1. The Hitmen retook the lead late in the first and it was 2-1 after one. In the second, the Pats tied it again on the powerplay, Sergei Alkhimov tipped in his 10th to make it 2-2. Makai Mitchell picked up his first career WHL point with an assist on the goal. It stayed 2-2 until the final five minutes of the second when Regina product Carson Focht scored twice, and Calgary led 4-2 after 40 minutes. In the third, the Hitmen extended the lead to 5-2 with a powerplay goal from James Malm and that was the final score.
The Pats were outshot 38-23, the powerplay was two for three, the penalty went four for six and Max Paddock made 33 saves.
The Pats (13-34-1-2) are back at it on Friday at home to the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.
Calgary – Mark Kastelic (31) from Kaden Elder and Cael Zimmerman – 5:03.
Regina – Austin Pratt (19) from Brady Pouteau and Ty Kolle – 9:22 PP.
Calgary – Mark Kastelic (32) from Kaden Elder and Jackson van de Leest – 17:11.
Regina – Sergei Alkhimov (10) from Mark Kastelic and Makai Mitchell – 15:37 PP.
Calgary – Carson Focht (13) from Egor Zamula and Luke Coleman – 15:37 4v4.
Calgary – Carson Focht (14) from Mark Kastelic and Kaden Elder – 19:33 PP.
Calgary – James Malm (18) from Vladislav Yeryomenko and Riley Stotts – 13:04 PP.
Shots on Goal
Regina 3-11-9-(23) Calgary 17-10-11-(38)
Regina 2/3 Calgary 2/6
– Max Paddock started his first game since January 5, making 33 saves.
– Makai Mitchell recorded his first career WHL point with a second period assist.
– The Pats are now 1-1-0-0 against Calgary this season.
The Pats are back at it on Friday at home to the Saskatoon Blades 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.