The Regina Pats were in Portland on Wednesday night taking on the Winterhawks in the 4th of their 6 game road trip. The Pats were coming off a huge 4-3 overtime win in Everett on Tuesday where Adam Brooks had a 3 point night and Cole Sanford scored the OT winner in his first game as a Pat. Brooks enters tonight’s action leading the WHL in scoring with 68 points. The Winterhawks meanwhile had lost three in a row heading in, including a 3-0 defeat on Sunday to the Kamloops Blazers. Tyler Brown made his return to the lineup for the Pats on Wednesday and started in goal. Here are the lineup’s for the game with the starters highlighted.
Pats scratches – Williams, Pouteau and either Woods or Smith.
Winterhawks scratches – Bitner, Nagel and MacEachern or Czaikowski.
In the first period the Pats got off to a good start and then at 13:48 opened the scoring. Adam Berg gloved down a puck and kicked it into the slot for Adam Brooks who buried his 26th to make it 1-0. With the goal, Brooks extends his point streak to 15 games with 12 goals and 32 points in that stretch. Jordan Hollett made all the stops he needed to in the period and the Pats led by 1 after 20 minutes. The Pats outshot Portland 9-7 in the period.
There were no goals in the second but Lane Zablocki did drop the gloves with the Winterhawks Skylar MacKenzie.The fans went nuts. Both teams had two poweprlays in the period, the second for Portland carried over into the 3rd. The Pats outshot the Winterhawks 11-10 in the period and led 20-17 overall.
In the third Dominic Turgeon got the Hawks even at 3:47. His 20th and it was 1-1. Then at 7:11 Keoni Texiera hammered a slap shot from the point and scored his 6th to make it 2-1. The game stayed that way until late when the Pats pulled Hollett for the extra attacker and that’s when Skylar McKenzie buried two into the empty cage and the Hawks took the 4-1 victory. The Pats outshot Portland 15-7 in the period and 35-24 overall.
The Pats powerplay was oh for 3 in the loss while the penalty kill went 3 for 3.
The third star of the game went to the Hawks Dominic Turgeon who had a goal in the win. The second star to the Hawks Adin Hill who made 34 saves on 35 shots. The first star to Portlands Skylar McKenzie who scored twice in the empty net and had a big fight in the second.
The Pats will now head to Seattle ahead of their Friday matchup with the Thunderbirds at 9 o’clock Regina time on 620 CKRM.
Pats Goal at 13:48. Adam Brooks (26) from Adam Berg.
Winterhawks Goal at 3:47. Dominic Turgeon (20) from Rodrigo Abols and Alex Overhardt.
Winterhawks Goal at 7:11. Keoni Texiera (6) from Rihards Bukarts and Cody Glass.
Winterhawks EN Goal at 18:57. Sklyer KcKenzie (6) from Keegan Iverson and Jack Doherty.
Winterhawks EN Goal at 19:37. Sklyer KcKenzie (6) from Keegan Iverson and Jack Doherty.