The Regina Pats earned another point in the standings on Saturday night in a 5-4 overtime loss at home to the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre.
In the first, it was scoreless until the 13-minute mark when Zach Wytinck would walk into the slot and bury his eighth to give the Pats a 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, Jakob Brook finished off his first with the Pats on a great feed from Cole Carrier and it was 2-0. Regina added another with a minute left in the first on a tip from Austin Pratt, his 20th and it was 3-0. Saskatoon got one back with five seconds left in the period from Nolan Kneen and it was 3-1 after one. In the second, the Blades scored on the powerplay from Tristen Robins and then an even strength marker from Kyle Crnkovic tied the game at three. The Blades took their first lead on a five on three powerplay late in the frame. Scott Walford the goal, and the Pats trailed 4-3 after 40 minutes. In the third, the Pats drew even with a powerplay goal from Zach Wytinck with 1:46 remining. His second of the night and eighth of the season forced overtime in a 4-4 tie. The Blades would win it in the extra frame with 47 seconds left off the stick of Kyle Crnkovic in what was a 5-4 final score.
The Pats were outshot 39-24, the powerplay was one for four and the penalty kill six for eight. Zach Wytinck, Austin Pratt and Carson Denomie led the offence with two points each, while Donovan Buskey made 34 saves.
The Pats (21-33-6-2) are back in action on Wednesday night when they host the Winnipeg ICE at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.
Regina – Zach Wytinck (8) from Cole Dubinsky and Zack Smith – 13:05 4v4.
Regina – Jakob Brook (4) from Cole Carrier and Carson Denomie – 16:10.
Regina – Austin Pratt (20) from Jake Johnson and Drew Englot – 19:00.
Saskatoon – Nolan Kneen (12) from Kyle Crnkovic and Chase Wouters – 19:55 4v4.
Saskatoon – Tristen Robins (32) from Scott Walford and Kyle Crnkovic – 6:40 PP.
Saskatoon – Kyle Crnkovic (19) from Tristen Robins and Scott Walford – 13:24.
Saskatoon – Scott Walford (12) from Nolan Kneen and Tristen Robins – 18:28 5v3 PP.
Regina – Zach Wytinck (9) from Austin Pratt and Carson Denomie – 18:14 PP.
Saskatoon – Kyle Crnkovic (20) from Aidan De La Gorgendiere and Chase Wouters – 4:13.
Shots on Goal
Regina 12-5-6-1-(24) Saskatoon 19-12-5-3-(39)
Regina 1/4 Saskatoon 2/8
– Jakob Brook scored his first goal with the Pats in the first period.
– Cole Carrier has two goals and two assists in his last two games.
– Four of the five meetings between Regina and Saskatoon have gone to overtime this season.
The Pats are back in action on Wednesday night when they host the Winnipeg ICE 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.