The Regina Pats kicked off their six game road trip on Friday night in Cranbrook B.C. against the Kootenay Ice. The Pats were looking to rebound after a tough 7-3 loss at home to Prince Albert on Sunday at the Brandt Centre. The Kootenay Ice were coming off a 3-1 win in Swift Current on Sunday and had picked up 3 of 4 possible points in their last 2 games. The Pats were 1-0-0-0 against the Ice on the season with a 3-2 victory back in October. The Pats were without Tyler Brown after he left Sunday’s game win an injury and Kurtis Chapman was called up to back up Jordan Hollett. Riley Woods was also re-called to the club and suited up for the contest while newly acquired forward Brian Williams was not available for the game. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.
Pats scratches – Brown, Knyzhov, Williams, Richards and Pouteau.
Ice scratches – Gray and Wenzel.
In the first period the Pats had some great offensive zone time and pressure but Wyatt Hoflin made some big stops for Kootenay. The same was true for Jordan Hollett who had to come up big to keep the game scoreless. It stayed 0-0 until 17:10 when Noah Philp tapped home a loose puck in the crease for his 3rd and it was 1-0. Adam Brooks hit two posts for the Pats in the period, Colton Kroeker another but the Ice took the lead to the break. The shots on goal were 16-16 in the period.
In the second the Pats really pushed the pace and got the games first powerplay and though they generated a ton of chances the game remained 1-0 Kootenay. They finally did break through at 14:45 when Connor Hobbs snapped a shot from the point and it beat a screened Hoflin for his 11th. Austin Wagner and Riley Woods the assists and it was 1-1. The Ice got their first powerplay after that but the Pats killed it off and the game was tied after 2 periods. The Pats outshot Kootenay 18-5 in the period and led 34-21 overall.
In the third the Ice took the lead at 2:54 when Matt Alfaro scored on the backhand on a breakaway for his 11th and it was 2-1. 33 seconds later Tanner Lishchynsky tipped in his first of the season from Austin Wellsby at 3:27 to make it 3-1. The Pats got one back at 4:16 when Adam Brooks one timed a shot form the slot for his 22nd from Austin Wagner and Chase Harrison and it was 3-2. Again the Ice responded when Matt Alfaro chipped in his 12th at 7:25 and it was 4-2. The Pats got within 1 again with a powerplay goal from Colton Kroeker at 14:54, his 8th and it was 4-3. The Ice sealed the victory at the 18 minute mark when Austin Wellsby got his second of the night and 6th and it was 5-3, that was the final score. The Pats outshot Kootenay 14-13 in the period and 48-34 overall.
The Pats powerplay was 1 for 3 in the game while the penalty kill went 3 for 3.
The third star of the game went to Kootenay’s Tanner Licshynsky who had a goal and an assist in the win. The second star to the Ice Wyatt Hoflin who stopped 45 of 48 shots faced and the first star to Matt Alfaro who scored twice for Kootenay.
The Pats are right back at it Saturday night in Spokane against the Chiefs with a 9 o’clock puck drop on 620 CKRM.
Ice Goal at 17:10. Noah Philp (3) from Austin Wellsby and Tanner Lishchynsky.
Pats Goal at 14:45. Connor Hobbs (11) from Austin Wagner and Riley Woods.
Ice Goal at 2:54. Matt Alfaro (11) from Zak Zborosky and Jesse Zaharichuk.
Ice Goal 3:27. Tanner Lichshynsky (1) from Austin Wellsby and Jared Legien.
Pats Goal at 4:16. Adam Brooks (22) from Austin Wagner and Chase Harrison.
Ice Goal at 7:25. Matt Alfaro (12) from Jesse Zaharichuk and Zak Zborosky.
Pats PP Goal at 14:54. Colton Kroeker (8) from Chase Harrison and Riley Woods.
Ice Goal at 18:00. Austin Wellsby (6) Tanner Lishchynsky and Dylan Stewart.