The Regina Pats mounted a furious third period comeback but fell 5-4 on the road to the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night.
In the first, the Americans got an early goal from Edge Lambert at 3:25 to take a 1-0 lead. Tri-City added another on the powerplay with three minutes left in the frame and it was 2-0 at the break. In the second, the Pats got a five-minute major powerplay and a subsequent two minute five on three man advantage but were unable to convert. Moments later the Americans went up 3-0 on a goal from Sasha Mutala. It stayed 3-0 until late in the frame when Tri-City scored another powerplay goal to take a 4-0 lead to the intermission. In the third, Drew Englot got the Pats on the board five minutes in with his seventh. The Americans responded with a shorthanded goal to go up 5-1. The Pats started a comeback after that when Riley Krane got his 10th, Nikita Sedov his fourth and Drew Englot his eighth to get the Pats within a goal with less than a minute left. The Americans held on in the final 38 seconds to take the two points in a 5-4 final.
The Pats outshot the Americans 41-40, the powerplay was two for seven and the penalty kill one for three. Drew Englot and Logan Nijhoff led the offence with two point nights, while Donovan Buskey made 35 saves.
The Pats (12-22-3-2) are right back at it on Sunday when they visit the Everett Silvertips at 6 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM.
Tri-City – Edge Lambert (10) from Connor Bouchard – 3:25.
Tri-City – Luke Zazula (4) from Sasha Mutala and Kristof Hrabik – 17:00 PP.
Tri-City – Sasha Mutala (15) from Sam Huo and John Little – 8:23.
Tri-City – Kristof Hrabik (9) from Connor Bouchard and Luke Zazula – 16:43 PP.
Regina – Drew Englot (7) from Carter Chorney and Zach Wytinck – 5:19.
Tri-City – Connor Bouchard (9) from Edge Lambert – 11:25 SH.
Regina – Riley Krane (10) from Logan Nijhoff and Cole Dubinsky – 12:04 PP.
Regina – Nikita Sedov (4) from Austin Pratt and Carson Denomie – 16:09.
Regina – Drew Englot (8) from Robbie Holmes and Logan Nijhoff – 19:22 PP.
Shots on Goal
Regina 9-15-17-(41) Tri-City 14-15-11-(40)
Regina 2/7 Tri-City 2/3
– Zach Wytinck played in his 200th career WHL game in the contest.
– Logan Nijhoff has two goals and two assists in his last two games.
– Carson Denomie has three goals and three assists over the last five games.
The Pats are right back at it on Sunday when they visit the Everett Silvertips at 6 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Friday, January 24 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office or at any Regina Safeway location.