There were a lot of moments Friday night where Dave Struch saw good.
The Pats bench boss lauded his team’s pushback and their third period, despite the fact they fell 5-2 to the Medicine Hat Tigers in the eastern Alberta city.
“Our young group came out and they played really hard for us.”
Despite being outshot 12-5 , goals from Riley Brown and Elijah Crane had the two clubs deadlocked at one after twenty minutes.
It was in the second things really opened up.
Medicine Hat exploded for four goals in the period, the first two from Brett Kemp. Regina responded with a goal from Sebastien Streu with just under seven minutes remaining in the second, before two more goals put the game away for the Tigers.
Things were scoreless in the third, which gave the Pats some room to explore line combinations, where Struch said they had while having offensive control.
“You talk about the development being a big part of it from this point on, it’s a good step for us.”
Regina is back home on Saturday night hosting the Red Deer Rebels on Barrett Jackman Bobblehead Night. Puck drop is at 7:00 pm, pre-game coverage begins at 6:35 on your home for Regina Pats hockey, 620 CKRM.