Pats pick up point in shootout loss to Swift Current

The Pats have lost their second game in a row to the Swift Current Broncos following Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win for the visitors at the Brandt Centre.

Pats forward Carson Denomie started the game with two goals in the first period, including a power play marker near the halfway point, to give Regina a 2-0 lead after the first period.

The Broncos tied the game up in the second. Eric Houk buried his second of the season while Garrett Sambrook scored his first to knot the score 2-2 before the third.

The momentum stayed with Swift Current following Kyle Buchanan’s first of the season two and a half minutes into the period. Ethan Regnier made it four unanswered goals nearly seven minutes later for the Broncos’ only power play goal on the night.

A couple minutes later, Regina responded on their own man advantage. Drew Englot picked up his sixth of the season to pull the Pats back within one goal.

With goaltender Max Paddock on the bench for the extra attacker, defenceman Zack Wytinck slapped his fifth goal past Swift Current’s Reece Klassen, tying the game 4-4 with 1:22 left in regulation.

The score remained even through five minutes of overtime, meaning a shootout was needed to decide a winner.

The Pats couldn’t find a breakthrough with their three shooters. Regnier was the lone scorer as the Broncos took the two points in Regina.

“I feel like we dominated them in both games this weekend and outshot them by a large margin,” said Denomie on the 620 CKRM post-game show. “To come out with the points we wanted, it’s for sure frustrating.”

Max Paddock had 22 saves in the shootout loss. The Pats outshot Swift Current 40-26 in between regulation and overtime.

Regina concludes its three games in three nights with a visit to the Brandon Wheat Kings at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The game will be live on 620 CKRM starting at 3:35 p.m.

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