The Regina Pats won a wild back and forth affair in Lethbridge on Wednesday night, 9-8 in a shootout. Adam Brooks had a three assist night to take over the WHL scoring lead with 101 points on the year.
In the first period the Pats got off to another quick start. Lane Zablocki scored his 12th of the year just 29 seconds in from Adam Brooks to make it 1-0. The Pats went up 2-0 at 7:09 when Sam Steel finsihed off a back door feed from Cole Sanford and Jared Freadrich. 20 seconds after that it was Cole Sanfords turn to score, his 31st from Sam Steel and Jared Freadrich and the Pats lead was 3-0. The Hurricanes responded when Tyler Wong got a bouncing puck to go in from the top of the crease for his 35th at 8:41. Colton Kroeker and Andrew Nielsen the assists aand it was a 3-1 game. The Pats got that one back when Cole Sanford scored his 2nd of the night, 32nd of the year on a nice centering feed from Sean Richards at 10:09. Sergey Zborovskiy the second assist and it was 4-1. That was it for Stuart Skinners night in goal, allowing 4 goals on 5 shots, he was replaced by Jayden Sittler. The Pats powerplay extended the lead to 5-1 when Rykr Cole tapped in a gift of a back door pass from Jake Leschyshyn at 16:31, Sean Richards with the other helper. The Hurricanes got an abbreviated powerpla after that and got to within 3. Ryley Lindgren tried to center from the right goalline and it went off a skate and in for his 24th at 19:03 and it was 5-2. Then in the dying seconds the Hurricanes Brady Reagan got a point shot through traffic from the right point and scored his 4th at 19:52 to make it a 5-3 Pats lead and that was the score after 1. The Pats outshot the Hurricanes 16-13 in the period.
In the second goals were harder to come by and the game stayed 5-3 until the 13:22 mark. Colton Kroeker tried a pass from the right circle and it went off of James Hilsendager and in for his 10th to get the Hurricanes to wihin one at 5-4. The Pats restored the two goal lead at 15:17 went Austin Wagner skated in on a partial breakaway, shielded off the defender and put home his 24th unassisted to make it 6-4 Regina. The Canes got back to within a goal when Tyler Wong was left all alone in the slot, he took a pass and ripped it off the far post and in for his second of the night and 36th of the season from Brayden Burke and Colton Kroeker at 17:08 and the game was 6-5. That was the score after two periods, the Canes outshot Regina 15-12 in the period and the teams were tied 28-28 overall.
In the third the Hurricanes started with 1:44 on the powerplay but the Pats killed it off. The Canes were able to tie the game short handed when Brayden Burke put home a rebound for his 21st and it was 6-6. Lane Zablocki gave the Pats the lead back at 8:46 with a backhand shot into the top of the net for his second of the game and 13th and it was 7-6 Regina. The Hurricanes responded thanks to Colton Kroeker who scored at 10:43 and 13:51 to complete his hattrick and Lethbridge led 8-7. Then it was Lane Zablocki’s turn to get his first career hattrick at 17:02 and it was 8-8. That was the score after 60 minutes. The Canes outshot the Pats 24-11 in the period and led 52-39 overall.
In overtime the Pats outshot the Canes 7-3 and had numerous chances to win it but Jayden Sittler stood on his head and we went to a shootout. The shootout went 7 rounds, Austin Wagner scored for the Pats and then Andrew Nielsen was stopped by Tyler Brown and the Pats won 9-8 the final score.
The Pats powerplay was 1 for 4 in the game while the penalty kill was 2 for 4.
The third star of the game went to the Pats Lane Zablocki who had a hattrick in the win. The second star to Tyler Wong of the Hurricanes who had two goals and 4 assists and the first star to the Hurricanes Colton Kroeker who had a hattrick and an assist in the loss.
The Pats return to action at the Brandt Centre on Friday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 o’clock on 620 CKRM.
Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1p6MQSP
Post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf: http://bit.ly/24qy7SM