The Regina Pats took a 2-1 lead to the third on Friday night in Seattle, but the Thunderbirds scored three times in the final frame to take a 4-2 victory.
In the first, the game’s first goal came at 13:14 when Lucas Ciona banged in a loose puck to give Seattle a 1-0 lead and that was the score through 20 minutes. In the second, Zack Smith scored his eighth on a great feed in front from Cole Dubinsky to tie the game at one. Just over a minute later, Josh Paulhus tipped in his first career goal in his first career game to make it 2-1 Regina and that was the score after two periods. In the final frame, Kelti Jeri-Leon scored twice in the first half of the period to give Seattle a 3-2 lead. Simon Kubicek got another with less than six minutes left to make it 4-2 and that was the final score.
The Pats were outshot 30-25, the powerplay was oh for three, the penalty kill four for four and Donovan Buskey made 26 saves.
The Pats (13-24-3-2) will wrap up their road trip on Saturday night when they visit the Spokane Chiefs at 9 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM.
Seattle – Lucan Ciona (2) from Jared Davidson and Luke Bateman – 13:14.
Regina – Zack Smith (8) from Cole Dubinsky – 8:13.
Regina – Josh Paulhus (1) from Jan Cikhart and Zach Wytinck – 9:31.
Seattle – Kelti Jeri-Leon (18) from Henrik Rybinski and Luke Bateman – 2:41.
Seattle – Kelti Jeri-Leon (19) from Conner Roulette and Cade McNelly – 9:43.
Seattle – Simon Kubicec (5) from Max Paterson and Lucas Ciona – 13:15.
Shots on Goal
Regina 7-12-6-(25) Seattle 10-11-9-(30)
Regina 0/3 Seattle 0/4
– Josh Paulhus scored his first WHL goal in his first game in the league.
– Cole Dubinsky has three assists in his last four games.
– The Pats are now 1-3-0-0 on their U.S. Division road trip.
The Pats will wrap up their road trip on Saturday night when they visit the Spokane Chiefs at 9 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.