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Southland Mall Recap: Pats come back to beat Prince George in a shootout Wednesday night

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The Regina Pats came back from down 3-1 to beat the Prince George Cougars 5-4 in a shootout on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre.

In the first, Fillip Koffer scored twice in the first 12 minutes to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Carson Denomie got one back for the Pats, his 12th of the campaign, to make it 2-1. Prince George restored the two-goal lead just over a minute later and led 3-1 after 20 minutes. In the second, the Pats got to within one when Riley Krane set up Logan Nijhoff on a two on one for his seventh and it was 3-2. 50 seconds later Carson Denomie tipped in a point shot for his 13th and it was a 3-3 game. Prince George took the lead back late in the second on a goal from Connor Bowie and it was 4-3 after two. In the third, Logan Nijhoff found a tying goal with 3:12 remaining, his second of the night and eighth of the season. That forced overtime and eventually a shootout. The shootout went five and Zach Smith scored the winner as the Pats took the extra point in a 5-4 final score.

The Pats outshot the Cougars 46-35, the powerplay went oh for two and the penalty kill one for two. Austin Pratt, Carson Denomie and Logan Nijhoff led the offence with two-point nights, while Max Paddock made 31 saves and added four more in the shootout.

The Pats (12-21-3-2) are back in action on Saturday when they kick off a five-game, U.S. Division road trip against the Tri-City Americans at 9 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Prince George – Filip Koffer (5) from Rhett Rhinehart and Jack Sander – 9:46 PP.
Prince George – Filip Koffer (6) from Mitchell Kohner and Jack Sander – 11:46.
Regina – Carson Denomie (12) from Austin Pratt and Ryker Evans – 14:15.
Prince George – Brendan Boyle (2) from Davin Griffin – 15:37.

Second Period
Regina – Logan Nijhoff (7) from Riley Krane – 12:43.
Regina – Zack Smith (6) from Kyle Walker and Austin Pratt – 13:33.
Prince George – Connor Bowie (8) from Mitchell Kohner and Filip Koffer – 17:30.

Third Period
Regina – Logan Nijhoff (8) from Robbie Holmes and Zach Wytinck – 16:48.

Shots on Goal
Regina 14-15-15-2-(46)          Prince George 16-9-8-2-(35)

Powerplays
Regina 0/2                               Prince George 1/2

Quick Hits
– The Pats improved to 4-3-0-1 in eight games since the Christmas Break.
– Regina has won four straight home games against Prince George.
– Carson Denomie has four goals in his last three games.

What’s Next?
The Pats are back in action on Saturday when they kick off a five-game, U.S. Division road trip against the Tri-City Americans at 9 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Friday, January 24 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office or at any Regina Safeway location.

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