Sergei Alkhimov scored twice, including the game winner, to lead the Regina Pats past the Wheat Kings in Brandon 3-2 on Thursday night.
The Pats got off to a good start with a five on three powerplay goal at the 3:29 mark of the first. Ty Kolle set up Robbie Holmes back door for his seventh of the year to make it a 1-0 game. The Pats added to the lead with another powerplay goal from Sergei Alkhimov, his eighth, and it was 2-0 Regina after 20 minutes. In the second, the Wheat Kings ate into the lead with a powerplay goal of their own. Ridley Greig scored from the right goal line and the Pats lead was 2-1 after two periods. In the third, the Pats went up 3-1 when Sergei Alkhimov buried a rebound for his second of the night, ninth of the year, early on in the frame. The Wheat Kings got one back with nine minutes left but Regina held on for the 3-2 victory.
The Pats were outshot 23-22, the powerplay was two for six and the penalty kill went five for six. Sergei Alkhimov led the offence with two goals and Max Paddock made 21 saves in the win.
The Pats (10-24-0-1) will host a rematch with the Wheat Kings on Friday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m.
Regina – Robbie Holmes (7) from Ty Kolle and Sebastian Streu – 3:29 5v3 PP.
Regina – Sergei Alkhimov (8) from Nikita Sedov and Marco Creta – 11:30 PP.
Brandon – Ridly Greig (8) from Braden Schneider and Schael Higson – 5:07 PP.
Regina – Sergei Alkhimov (9) from Steven Zonneveld and Brett Clayton – 2:32.
Brandon – Cole Reinhardt (6) from Luka Burzan – 10:56.
Shots on Goal
Regina 12-5-5-(22) Brandon 4-8-11-(23)
Regina 2/6 Brandon 1/6
– Robbie Holmes has three goals and two assists in four games since returning from injury.
– Sebastian Streu put up an assist in his first game back from the Division 1 World Juniors.
– Sergei Alkhimov scored twice in a game for the second time in his WHL career.
The Pats will host a rematch with the Wheat Kings on Friday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.