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Southland Mall Recap: Pats conclude road trip with 6-2 loss in Spokane

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The Regina Pats concluded their U.S. Division road trip with a 6-2 loss in Spokane to the Chiefs on Saturday night.

In the first, the Chiefs scored first at the 2:49 mark thanks to Erik Atchison to lead 1-0. The Pats outshot Spokane 7-3 for the rest of the period, but it remained 1-0 after the first. In the second, the Chiefs extended the lead to 2-0, 12 minutes into the period on a goal from Reed Jacobson. Less than two minutes later, Carson Denomie set up Logan Nijhoff back door on the powerplay for his ninth to cut the lead to 2-1 and that was the score after 40 minutes. In the third, the Chiefs scored three times in a span of 1:18 to open up a 5-1 lead. They added another with less than six minutes to play and it was 6-1. Zack Smith got one back for the Pats with 3:25 left, his ninth to make it 6-2 and that was the final score.

The Pats were outshot 40-35, the powerplay was one for seven, the penalty kill six for seven, while Donovan Buskey and Danton Belluk combined to make 34 saves.

The Pats (13-25-3-2) will return home to take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary
First Period
Spokane – Erik Atchison (6) from Noah King and Michael King – 2:49.

Second Period
Spokane – Reed Jacobson (2) from Brandon Reller – 11:54.
Regina – Logan Nijhoff (9) from Carson Denomie and Zach Wytinck – 13:31 PP.

Third Period
Spokane – Adam Beckman (33) from Ty Smith and Leif Mattson – 3:15 PP.
Spokane – Graham Sward (1) from Eli Zummack and Luke Toporowski – 3:51.
Spokane – Brad Ginnell (11) from Erk Atchison – 4:28.
Spokane – Reed Jacobson (3) unassisted – 14:08.
Regina – Zack Smith (9) from Riley Krane and Danton Belluk – 16:35.

Shots on Goal
Regina 7-11-17-(35)          Spokane 8-11-21-(40)

Powerplays
Regina 1/7                          Spokane 1/7

Quick Hits
– Carson Denomie recorded his team leading 19th powerplay point in the contest.
– Logan Nijhoff had a goal and four assists in the five games through the U.S. Division.
– The Pats scored six powerplay goals in their five-game road trip.

What’s Next?
The Pats will return home to take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday 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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