Pats earn franchise’s 2,500th win with 4-2 victory over Medicine Hat

It was an historical night for the Regina Pats on Wednesday night. With their 4-2 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Pat earned the franchise’s 2,500th win.

Zack Stringer returned to the lineup with a goal and an assist, after being scratched in the Pat’s last game on Saturday night against Moose Jaw.

Zack Stringer and Zackary Shantz . Photo: Keith Hershmiller

Parker Berge, Zackary Shantz, and Cole Temple also scored for Regina.

Ewan Huet made 32 saves for the win.

His biggest save came in the second period when he denied the Tigers Gavin McKenna, who tried to capitalize on a Pats turnover.

“I didn’t think much about it at the time.” said Huet, who would go on to earn his first victory as a Pat on home ice.

Pats Head Coach Brad Herauf felt Stringer provided a strong response in tonight’s game.

“He’s a maniac when he gets on the ice.” Herauf pointed out Stringer’s ability to block shots, especially during the five-on-three.

It’s early, but the Pats have started strong on home ice with seven out of possible points at the Brandt Centre.

Herauf feels his squad has started to form their identity with their hard work, forcing opponents to earn a pair of points in the Queen City.

“I hope that’s what teams are starting to realize, now that’s what they’re going have to do every game.”

Medicine Hat led in shots 34-27.

Both teams had powerplay goals, with the Pats 1/2. Medicine Hat was 1/4.

Regina will head to Saskatoon for their next game on Saturday against the Blades. Coverage on 620 CKRM begins at 6:35. Opening faceoff is at 7:00.

The next home game for the Pats is Wednesday when they welcome the Calgary Hitmen to the Brandt Centre.

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