Pats stomp Broncos 6-2 for fifth straight win

The Regina Pats pulled away with a 6-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos, taking both sides of the home-and-home, and winning their 5th straight.

After giving up two goals on the first five shots, goaltender Donovan Buskey was solid the rest of the way through, stopping 17 of 19 shots by the end of the game.

Pats goaltending coach Rob Muntain said Buskey is gaining more and more with each game.

“Last year he was up and down and didn’t get a lot of minutes, and this year when he came here, he played behind Max (Paddock) and again, he didn’t get a whole lot of playing time,” Muntain said. “Now that he’s playing lots, we’ve done a lot of work to his game, and he’s got a lot of confidence over the last little while, and he’s playing really well for us right now.”

Riley Krane got the scoring started 3:38 into the first period, with assists from Robbie Holmes and Logan Nijhoff.

However, the Broncos were able to tie it later in the period with a power play marker from Aiden Bulych. The Pats lead would be restored thanks to a power play marker from Drew Englot, giving the Pats a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.

In the second, a tipped goal fooled Buskey, and Matthew Benson got his fourth of the year for the Broncos, tying the game 3:20 into the second.

It was all Pats from there. Robbie Holmes scored the game winner with a short handed marker 10:05 into the second period.

After that, Ryker Evans potted a rebound for an insurance marker. Holmes registered an assist, and finished the game by setting a career high four points in the game.

He said Swift Current made things difficult early in the game.

“They keep it tight around the goalie, and (Isaac) Poulter also is a pretty good goalie as well,” Holmes said. “We just stuck with it, and even (Friday) night as well, so it’s definitely been working against them.”

Zack Smith scored his 10th of the season in the third period, and Carson Denomie capped off the game with his 20th goal of the season.

The next game for the Pats kicks off a three-game Alberta road trip in Medicine Hat on Tuesday night.

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