The Regina Pats made it three straight wins thanks to a 3-2 shootout victory on the road on Wednesday against the Saskatoon Blades.
The Pats opened the scoring on their first shift of the game, 44 seconds in. Riley Krane snapped in his 13th from the right circle to make it 1-0. The Blades had a chance to tie it on a penalty shot a short time later, but Donovan Buskey made a nice pad save and Regina took the 1-0 lead to break. In the second, the Blades tied it on the powerplay 13 minutes in, but the Pats responded 1:22 later to take the lead back. Drew Englot scored his 10th on a shot into the top corner from the left circle to make it 2-1 and that was the score through 40 minutes. In the third, the Blades tied it at 3:34 thanks to Jayden Wiens and that forced overtime and eventually a shootout in a 2-2 contest. Carson Denomie and Zack Smith scored in the shootout for Regina, the Blades got one from Riley McKay and the Pats took the extra point in a 3-2 final.
Both teams had 25 shots on goal in the game, the Pats powerplay was oh for five, the penalty kill was three for four, while Donovan Buskey made 23 saves and was named the game’s first star.
The Pats (16-26-3-2) are back in action on Friday when they visit the Swift Current Broncos at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM.
Regina – Riley Krane (13) from Ryker Evans – 0:44.
Saskatoon – Martin Fasko-Rudas (10) from Scott Walford and Kyle Crnkovic – 13:04 PP.
Regina – Drew Englot (10) from Sloan Stanick and Jan Cikhart – 14:26.
Saskatoon – Jayden Wiens (6) from Braden Plaschewsky and Caiden Daley – 3:34.
Shots on Goal
Regina 5-11-7-2-(25) Saskatoon 6-9-7-3-(25)
Regina 0/5 Saskatoon 1/4
– Riley Krane has set a new career high for goals in a season with his 13th on Wednesday night.
– Sloan Stanick picked up his first assist in the WHL in the second period.
– The Pats are 2-0-0-0 against Saskatoon this season.
The Pats are back in action on Friday when they visit the Swift Current Broncos at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Saturday, February 8 against Swift Current 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.