The Regina Pats returned home for the first time since January 3rd on Saturday when they hosted the Prince Albert Raiders at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were coming off 6 straight on the road where they went 2-3-0-1. The Raiders meanwhile were in action Friday night at home to the Brandon Wheat Kings and were shutout 3-0. Saturday was the 5th of 8 meetings between the Pats and Raiders with Prince Albert winning the first 4, 3 of those in overtime or the shootout. The Pats were without defenceman Connor Hobbs for the contest and as a result called up 16-year-old Riley Bruce for the game. Here are the lineup’s with the starters highlighted.
Pats scratches – Williams, Woods, Pouteau and Hobbs.
Raiders scratches – Paivarinta, Glover and Coleman.
In the first period the Pats got off to a great start and got the games first powerplay but did no score. The Raiders had a push of their own after that but Tyler Brown was really sharp in the frame. After the midway point of the period the Pats opened the scoring. Adam Berg made a great play on a back check to steal a puck at centre and feed Cole Sanford who burned wide on Hunter Warner and then finished 5-hole on the back hand for his 24th at 12:03 and it was 1-0. The Raiders got another powerplay before the period ended but again the Pats killed it off and took the 1-0 lead to the break. The Raiders outshot the Pats 12-6 in the period.
In the second the Pats thought they had the 2-0 lead when Sam Steel ripped a shot from the right circle that was called a goal on the ice. However after review the puck went off the cross bar and then the post and stayed out. After the ensuing faceoff, the Raiders came away with a 2 on 1 rush and Tim Vanstone shot from the right circle and then Parker Kelly finsihed the rebound for his 4th of the year at 8:18. Kolten Olynek the second assist and it was 1-1. The Pats had two powerplays to the Raiders one in the period but neither team scored with the man advantage and the game stayed 1-1 after 40 minutes. The Raiders outshot the Pats 12-5 in the period and led 24-11 overall.
In the third the Raiders took the lead on their 4th powerplay. Simon Stransky scored his 14th with assists to Reid Gardiner and Jesse Lees at 3:31 and it was 2-1. The Pats got the tieing goal however at 11:44. Austin Wagner broke in on a partial breakaway, he was hauled down and from his seat below the goal line he fed Adam Berg in front who buried his 10th. Sergey Zborovskiy the second assist and it was 2-2. The game stayed that way until late when Sean Richards made a great play to find Sam Steel in the right circle and he buried his 16th with 2 minutes left to give the Pats the 3-2 lead. Steel then scored his second of the night into an empty net at 19:36 to make it 4-2 Regina and that was the final score. The Raiders outshot the Pats 7-5 in the period and 33-16.
The Pats powerplay was oh for 3 and the penalty kill went 4 for 5.
The third star of the game went to the Raiders Simon Stransky who had a goal in the loss. The second star to the Pats Tyler Brown who stopped 31 of 33 shots faced and the first star to Regina’s Adam Berg who had a goal and an assist.
The Pats are right back at it at home to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday afternoon with a 4 o’clock puck drop on 620 CKRM.
Pats Goal at 12:03. Cole Sanford (24) from Adam Berg.
Raiders Goal at 8:18. Parker Kelly (4) from Tim Vanstone and Kolten Olynek.
Raiders PP Goal at 3:31. Simon Stranky (14) from Reid Gardiner and Jesse Lees.
Pats Goal at 11:44. Adam Berg (10) from Austin Wagner and Sergey Zborovskiy.
Pats Goal at 18:00. Sam Steel (16) from Sean Richards and Jared Freadrich.
Pats EN Goal at 19:36. Sam Steel (17) from Aaron Macklin and Cole Sanford.
Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1ngBNVL
Post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch: http://bit.ly/1ngBN8d
Post game interview with forward Sean Richards: http://bit.ly/1PLOoYg