Ty Kolle had two goals and an assist to lead the Regina Pats to a 3-2, opening night win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night at the Brandt Centre.
The Pats got off to a fast start with a goal 20 seconds into the contest. Austin Pratt tipped in his first of the season, assisted by Dawson Holt and Ty Kolle and the Pats were off and running. Regina added to their lead 10 minutes later when Ty Kolle chipped in his first from the right goal line, Holt and Tyson Feist drew assists and the Pats took a 2-0 lead into the break. The Warriors cut the lead in half on the powerplay in the second, Keenan Taphorn jammed in his first and it was a one goal game going to the third. In the final frame, the Warriors tied it up with a powerplay goal from Carson Denomie at the 6:36 mark to make it 2-2. Four minutes later however, Ty Kolle stole a puck in the offensive zone and roofed it for his second of the night to give the Pats the lead back at 3-2. They would hold on from there and picked up a big two points on opening night.
The Pats outshot the Warriors 30-22 in the win, the powerplay went oh for one and the penalty kill was five for seven. Ty Kolle led the offence with two goals and an assist, Dawson Holt had a two-point night, while Max Paddock made 20 saves in goal.
The Pats (1-0-0-0) will continue their opening weekend on Saturday night in Moose Jaw with a 7 o’clock start on 620 CKRM.
Regina – Austin Pratt (1) from Dawson Holt and Ty Kolle – 0:20.
Regina – Ty Kolle (1) from Tyson Feist and Dawson Holt – 10:21.
Moose Jaw – Keenan Taphorn (1) from Daniil Stepanov and Braden Miller – 8:23 PP.
Moose Jaw – Carson Denomie (1) from Daemon Hunt and Ryder Korczak – 6:36 PP.
Regina – Ty Kolle (2) unassisted – 10:39.
Shots on Goal
Regina 15-10-5-(30) Moose Jaw 2-7-13-(22)
Regina 0/1 Moose Jaw 2/7
– The Pats win their opening game of the season for the first time since 2011-12.
– Dawson Holt put up two assists in his Regina Pats debut.
– Regina snapped a five-game losing streak against the Warriors going back to last season.
The Pats will continue their opening weekend on Saturday night in Moose Jaw with a 7 o’clock start on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Friday, September 27 against the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com.