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Southland Mall Recap: Pats battle to 4-3 overtime win over Brandon on Sunday

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The Regina Pats got a goal and an assist from both Austin Pratt and Jake Johnson in a 4-3 overtime win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday at the Brandt Centre.

In the first, the Wheat Kings took a 1-0 lead at the eight-minute mark when Donovan Buskey had his glove hit as he tried to catch a shot and it went un-called. The Pats tied it up just over a minute later when Zach Wytinck picked up his seventh of the season. Brandon got the lead back on a five on three powerplay with four minutes left and it was 2-1 after one. In the second, the Pats tied it up at 16:28 when Jake Johnson buried his first WHL goal on a shot from the left point. Brandon went back ahead a minute later on another powerplay goal and it was 3-2 after 40 minutes. In the third, it stayed 3-2 until the final five minutes when the Pats went to the penalty kill. Regina was able to find a tying goal shorthanded when Logan Nijhoff fed Carter Chorney in front and he scored his sixth to make it 3-3 with 3:43 remaining. The game would need overtime and in the extra frame, Austin Pratt ripped home his 19th from the right circle to give the Pats the 4-3 victory.

The Pats outshot the Wheat Kings 28-27, the powerplay was oh for three and the penalty kill five for seven with a shorthanded goal. Austin Pratt, Jake Johnson and Logan Nijhoff led the offence with two points each, while Donovan Buskey made 24 saves.

The Pats (20-31-4-2) will return to action on Friday night when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Brandon – Chad Nychuk (6) from Marcus Sekundiak and Reid Perepeluk – 8:10.
Regina – Zach Wytinck (7) from Jake Johnson and Austin Pratt – 9:23.
Brandon – Ridly Greig (21) from Braden Schneider and Connor Gutenberg – 15:56 5v3 PP.

Second Period
Regina – Jake Johnson (1) from Logan Nijhoff – 16:28.
Brandon – Ban McCartney (23) from Connor Gutenberg and Cole Reinhardt – 17:23 PP.

Third Period
Regina – Carter Chorney (6) from Logan Nijhoff – 16:17 SH.

Overtime
Regina – Austin Pratt (19) from Kyle Walker and Nikita Sedov – 2:13.

Shots on Goal
Regina 11-9-7-1-(28)             Brandon 7-10-9-1-(27)

Powerplays
Regina 0/3                              Brandon 2/7

Quick Hits
– Austin Pratt has points in five straight games, scoring three goals and four assists in that stretch.
– Jake Johnson scored his first goal in the WHL in the second period.
– The Pats have surpassed their win total from 2018-19 with their 20th victory Sunday against Brandon.

What’s Next?
The Pats will return to action on Friday night when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers 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.

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