The Regina Pats battled hard in a 4-2 home loss to the Vancouver Giants on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre.
In the first, the Pats put the game’s first shots on goal, but it was the Giants who opened the scoring at 3:27. Zach Ostapchuk picked up his first from the left circle and it was 1-0 after one, despite the Pats leading on the shot clock 15-5. In the second, the Pats found the tying goal five minutes in. Ryker Evans scored his first of the season from the left circle, assists to Logan Nijhoff and Riley Krane and it was 1-1. The Giants took the lead back at 18:34 thanks to Milos Roman and the Pats trailed 2-1 after two. In the third, the Giants went up 3-1 in the opening minute on a goal from Jackson Shepard. The Pats got back to within one when Garrett Wright set up Cole Dubinsky all alone in front and he scored his first to make it 3-2. Vancouver would seal the victory with just over two minutes left on a breakaway goal for Milos Roman to make it 4-2 and that was the final score.
The Pats outshot the Giants 36-29, the powerplay was oh for six and the club did not take a penalty in the game. Cole Dubinsky and Ryker Evans provided the offence for Regina, while Danton Belluk made 25 saves.
The Pats (1-8-0-0) are back in action on Sunday when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 4 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.
Vancouver – Zack Ostapchuk (1) from Justin Lies and Bowen Byram – 3:27.
Regina – Ryker Evans (1) from Logan Nijhoff and Riley Krane – 5:12.
Vancouver – Milos Roman (6) unassisted – 18:34.
Vancouver – Jackson Shepard (4) from Bowen Byram and Lukas Svejkovsky – 0:53.
Regina – Cole Dubinksy (1) from Garrett Wright and Kyle Walker – 13:15.
Vancouver – Milos Roman (7) unassisted – 17:54.
Shots on Goal
Regina 15-16-5-(36) Vancouver 5-14-10-(29)
Regina 0/6 Vancouver 0/0
– Cole Dubinksy and Ryker Evans each scored their first goals of the season on Saturday.
– Garrett Wright tied the team lead with his fifth assist of the year.
– Nikita Sedov returned after missing the previous five games with an upper-body injury.
The Pats are back in action on Sunday when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 4 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office or at any Regina Safeway Location.