The Regina Pats came back from down 3-1 in the third perod to beat the Swift Current Broncos in a shootout 4-3 on Monday afternoon.
In the first period the Pats really pushed the envelope physically, taking the body to the Broncos. They also generated some good scoring chances, The best came on a redirect right in front from Lane Zablocki but Taz Burman made a big save. Swift gt the games first powerplay but the Pats killed it off. The Broncos got a second man advantage with 19 seconds left in the frame but the Pats killed that as well and 1:41 carried over into the second. Both goaltenders were sharp in the opening frame, not allowing a goal, the Broncos led on the shot clock 12-10.
In the second the Broncos opened the scoring in the opening minute on that remaining powerplay time. Tyler Steenbergen finished off a rebound in front for his 13th from Jon Martin and Colby Sissons at 0:54 ad it was 1-0. Then played 4 on 4 later in the period, Swift Current made it a 2-0 lead. Glenn Gawdin got a puck off a skate at the side of the goal and slid it into the wide open cage for his 11th from Artyum Minulin and Colby Sissons at 9:08. The Pats responded at 12:54, again 4 on 4 with a delayed penalty call on the ice. Cole Sanford made a great pass in front for Sergey Zborovskiy who scored his 7th into the top of the net. Sam Steel the second assist extending his point streak to 6 games with 2 goals and 6 assists in that stretch. Sanford’s point streak hit 4 games with the other helper, 4 goals and 3 assists in that span. The game opened up in the later stages of the frame but neither team would score. The Broncos had the best chance on a penalty shot for Jamal Watson but Tyler Brown stopped him with the left pad and it was a 2-1 game after 40 minutes. The Pats outshot the Broncos 16-14 in the period and it was tied 26-26 overall.
In the third the Pats got 1:40 of 5 on 3 powerplay time but the Broncos killed until the first penalty expired and just as Jamal Watson stepped out of the box the puck was cleared to center and he skated in on a breakaway and buried his 11th at 3:05 to make it 3-1. The Pats got that one back at 6:58 when Sean Richards finished off a 3 on 2 rush for his 3rd of the year with assists to Cole Sanford and Sam Steel and it was 3-2. Then on the powerplay at 10:27, Connor Hobbs hammered a slap shot from the left circle off the far post and in for his 14th from Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford and it was 3-3. It stayed that way through the remainder of the game and we headed to overtime. The Pats outshot Swift 10-4 in the period and led 36-30 overall.
In overtime the Broncos had a great chance with a powerplay to get the extra point but the Pats killed it off and the game went to a shootout. The shots on goal were 2-2 in overtime and the Pats outshot them 38-32.
In the shootout, Cole Sanford and Adam Brooks scored on the first two Pats attempts and Tyler Brown stopped both Broncos and the Pats picked up their first shootout win of the season 4-3 the final score.
The Pats powerplay was 1 for 4 in the game, the penalty kill was 2 for 3.
The third star of the game went to the Broncos Jamal Watson who had a goal in the loss. The second star to the Pats Cole Sanford who had 3 assists and a shootout goal and the first star to the Broncos Colby Sissons who had two helpers.
The Pats return to action on Wednesday in Prince Albert against the Raiders at 7 o’clock on 620 CKRM.
Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1QEgJQv
Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock: http://bit.ly/1QEgRiZ