The Portland Winterhawks showed the Regina Pats why they are one of the best teams in the Western Hockey League on Wednesday night.
The Winterhawks made it six straight wins with a 5-2 win over a Regina team that has now lost five straight and are 12-28-1-1 on the season.
If it weren’t for Dean McNabb, the score might have been a lot worse but the Regina goaltender made several spectacular saves to keep his team in the game.
Portland led the game 3-0 until Austin Pratt scored in the dying seconds of the third to give the Pats some life going into the final 20 minutes. The goal was Pratt’s 100th career WHL point.
“It was a tough one tonight.” Pratt said. “Little mistakes killed us, but that’s how it is. That might be the most skilled team we’ve seen this year, they are very deep from top to bottom. We came out watching to start, but we got a little better as the game wore on.”
Liam Schioler had the other goal for the Pats who will be in Medicine Hat Friday to take on the Tigers before returning home Saturday to face the Red Deer Rebels in a 7 o’clock start. Fans going to the game will be able to purchase a Barret Jackman bobblehead for five dollars with the former Pats captain who went on to have a 13 year NHL career, mostly with St. Louis, in attendance as he will sign autographs in the first intermission.