The Regina Pats pulled out a 5-4 shootout win in Medicine Hat on Tuesday night for their 6th consecutive victory.
In the first period the Pats got off to another quick start when Austin Wagner stole a puck in his own zone, sped up the right wing and then buried his 23rd short side at 1:21 to make it 1-0. The Tigers really pushed back after that and tied it up at 5:00. Zach Fischer finished off a great centering feed from Brad Forrest for his 1st of the year and it was 1-1. The Tigers kept on coming after that but Tyler Brown stood tall and kept the game tied. Then at 17:24 Rykr Cole took a puck up the left wing, cut to the middle and then beat Mack Shields 5-hole for his 9th, also unassisted to give the Pats the lead back at 2-1. That’s how the period ended with the shots on goal 11-11.
In the second the Pats started the frame with two straight powerplays but did not score. The Tigers then got their first man advantage and came sloe when Chad Butcher hit the post but the Pats killed it off. Then on their third powerplay of the frame Regina took the 3-1 lead. Connor Hobbs snapped his 18th into the top corner from the slot at 13:18 from Sam Steel and Cole Sanford. Sanford extends his point streak to 8 games with the assist, 6 goals and 8 assists in that stretch. The Pats continued to press after that, Luc Smith was robbed on a two on oh rush by the glove of Mack Shields who was real good in the frame and the Pats took the 3-1 lead to the break. The Pats outshot Medicine Hat 16-11 in the period and led 27-22 overall.
In the third the Tigers got to within a goal with a powerplay marker at 2:51 when Clayton Kirichenko put home his own rebound and the Pats lead was 3-2. Their powerplay responded at 7:30. Sam Steel buried a rebound for his 20th from Austin Wagner and Adam Brooks and it was 4-2. The assist for Brooks extended his point streak to 11 games with 6 goals and 19 assists in that stretch. The Tigers powerplay got them back within a goal at 15:30 when Brian Williams made an absolutely beautiful move to cut in front and beat Tyler Brown for his 8th and it was 4-3. Late in the contest on another powerplay with the net empty the Tigers tied it up. Matt Bradley scored his 19th at 18:04 and it was 4-4. That forced overtime. The Tigers oushot the Pats 14-7 in the 3rd and led 36-34 overall.
Overtime solved nothing and the shootout went 8 rounds before Lane Zablocki won it for Regina, their 6th straight victory.
The Pats powerplay went 2 for 4 in the game and the penalty kill was 2 for 5.
The third star of the game went to the Pats Sam Steel who had a goal and a shootout goal in the win. The second star to the Tigers Matt Bradley who had a goal and an assist and the first star to the Pats Austin Wagner who had a goal and an assist in the win.
The Pats are right back at it on Wednesday night in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes at 8 o’clock Regina time on 620 CKRM.
Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1QewO3n
Post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf: http://bit.ly/1QCCjuI