The Regina Pats comeback came up a goal short at home to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a 5-4 final at the Brandt Centre Sunday afternoon.
The Pats scored 1:09 into the game thanks to Logan Nijhoff, his first of the season. Lethbridge responded five minutes later with goals 16 seconds apart to lead 2-1. Regina drew even with a powerplay goal, Austin Pratt snapped home his fourth from the right side to make it 2-2. However, the Hurricanes went back ahead late in the frame and took a 3-2 lead to the break. In the second, the Hurricanes scored two goals 17 seconds apart, nine minutes into the period and led 5-2. The Pats battled back, Sloan Stanick scored his second and then Ty Kolle snapped home his fourth on a five on three powerplay and it was a 5-4 game after two. In the third, neither team would score, and the Pats fell 5-4.
The Pats outshot the Hurricanes 26-24, the powerplay was three for seven and the penalty kill was four for four. Cole Dubinsky and Riley Krane led the offence with two points each, while Matthew Kieper and Danton Belluk combined to make 19 saves.
The Pats (1-9-0-0) will hit the road to take on the Hurricanes in Lethbridge on Friday night at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM.
Regina – Logan Nijhoff (1) from Riley Krane – 1:09.
Lethbridge – Ty Prefontaine (1) from Chase Wheatcroft and Noah Boyko – 5:44.
Lethbridge – Dylan Cozens (7) from from Oliver Okuliar and Logan Barlage – 6:00.
Regina – Austin Pratt (4) from Riley Krane from Robbie Holmes – 9:32 PP.
Lethbridge – Oliver Okuliar (3) from Calen Addison – 18:11.
Lethbridge – Ty Nash (2) from Logan Barlage – 9:00.
Lethbridge – Oliver Okuliar (4) unassisted – 9:17 SH.
Regina – Sloan Stanick (2) from Cole Dubinsky – 9:54 PP.
Regina – Ty Kolle (4) from Cole Dubinsky and Zach Wytinck – 19:55 5v3 PP.
Shots on Goal
Regina 10-11-5-(26) Lethbridge 9-7-8-(24)
Regina 3/7 Lethbridge 0/4
– Zach Wytinck picked up his first point in a Pats uniform in the game.
– Cole Dubinsky had his second multi-point game of his career.
– The Pats scored a season high four goals in the defeat.
The Pats will hit the road to take on the Hurricanes in Lethbridge on Friday night at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is the 2019 Prairie Classic, outdoors at Mosaic Stadium on October 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at reginapats.com.