Donovan Buskey made 33 saves and Cole Dubinsky scored the winner as the Pats beat the Saskatoon Blades 4-3 in overtime on Sunday at the Brandt Centre.
In the first, the Pats opened the scoring at 8:25 when Carson Denomie snapped home his 16th of the year to make it 1-0. Regina added to the lead in the dying seconds of the period, Robbie Holmes broke in, drove the net and made a great move before scoring his 18th with nine seconds left and the Pats took the 2-0 lead to the break. In the second, the Blades cut the lead in half when Tristen Robins tipped home a point shot and it was 2-1 heading to the third. In the final frame, Saskatoon tied the game seven minutes in on a goal from Scott Walford. Regina took the lead back just over a minute later when Riley Krane made a pretty move in front and finished off his 12th to make it 3-2. Saskatoon tied it again with 9:33 left and that forced overtime in a 3-3 game. In the extra period, Cole Dubinsky walked into the slot and snapped in his third to give the Pats the extra point in a 4-3 final.
The Pats were outshot 36-20, the powerplay went oh for three and the penalty kill was six for six. Riley Krane and Logan Nijhoff led the offence with two points each, while Donovan Buskey made 33 saves in a first star effort.
The Pats (14-26-3-3) are back in action on Friday when they host the Victoria Royals at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.
Regina – Carson Denomie (16) from Austin Pratt and Cole Carrier – 8:25.
Regina – Robbie Holmes (18) from Riley Krane and Ryker Evans – 19:51.
Saskatoon – Tristen Robins (22) from Nolan Kneen and Kyle Crnkovic – 14:01 4v4.
Saskatoon – Scott Walford (10) from Kyle Crnkovic and Caiden Daley – 7:08.
Regina – Riley Krane (12) from Logan Nijhoff – 8:14.
Saskatoon – Radek Kucerik (3) from Alex Morozoff – 10:27.
Regina – Cole Dubinsky (3) from Logan Nijhoff and Nikita Sedov – 3:29.
Shots on Goal
Regina 9-4-4-3-(20) Saskatoon 9-12-12-3-(36)
Regina 0/3 Saskatoon 0/6
– Cole Carrier picked up his first point with the Pats with a first period assist.
– Robbie Holmes scored his team leading 18th goal of the year.
– Riley Krane and Logan Nijhoff led the way with two points in the win.
The Pats are back in action on Friday when they host the Victoria Royals at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office or at any Regina Safeway location.