The Regina Pats fell 5-2 on home ice to the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre.
The Winterhawks scored twice in the first period to lead 2-0 after one and then added another early in the second to take a 3-0 advantage. The Pats broke through late in the frame when Austin Pratt chipped in a rebound for his 16th of the season and 100th career Western Hockey League point. Regina trailed 3-1 after two. In the third, Portland restored their three-goal lead at the 2:51 mark, but Liam Schioler got the Pats back to within two when he hammered home his fourth to make it a 4-2 contest. Regina pulled Dean McNabb for the extra attacker late but the Winterhawks would score into the empty net and take the game in a 5-2 final.
The Pats were outshot 35-26, the powerplay was oh for two, the penalty kill two for two and Dean McNabb made 30 saves.
The Pats (12-28-1-1) are back in action on Friday on the road against the Medicine Hat Tigers at 8:30 p.m. on 620 CKRM.
Portland – Jake Gricius (18) from Robbie Fromm-Delorme and Clay Hanus – 8:15.
Portland – Clay Hanus (5) from Jake Gricius and Michal Kvasnica – 19:40.
Portland – Joachim Blichfeld (38) from Ryan Hughes and Cody Glass – 0:56.
Regina – Austin Pratt (16) from Tyson Feist and Robbie Holmes – 18:42.
Portland – Jared Freadrich (6) from Jake Gricius and Mason Mannek – 2:51.
Regina – Liam Schioler (4) unassisted – 8:15.
Portland – Jaydon Dureau (10) from Mason Mannek and Lane Gilliss – 17:44 EN.
Shots on Goal
Regina 13-8-5-(26) Portland 11-16-8-(35)
Regina 0/2 Portland 0/2
– Austin Pratt recorded his 100th career WHL point with a goal in the second.
– Tyson Feist picked up his first point in a Pats uniform with a second period assist.
– Robbie Holmes has nine points in his last nine games.
The Pats are back in action on Friday on the road against the Medicine Hat Tigers at 8:30 p.m. on 620 CKRM.
Next home game is Saturday against the Red Deer Rebels at 7 p.m. for Barret Jackman Bobblehead Night. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.