Pats keep rolling on home ice with 5-3 win over Blades

The Regina Pats extended their winning streak at the Brandt Centre to five games with a 5-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night.

Corban Almen and Aaron Krestanowich each scored their first WHL goals for the Pats. Almen ended up with a pair of goals. Jaxsin Vaughan had a three-point night. Tanner Howe added two points (1G-1A).

Photo: Keith Hershmiller

Kelton Pyne made 32 saves in the win.

Hudson Kibblewhite, Easton Armstrong and Brandon Lisowsky scored for the Blades.

Assistant Coach Ken Schneider said with the absence of centre Braxton Whitehead, some of their younger players stepped up.

We got contributions from our younger guys. Mushumanski, Almen and Jaxsin [Vaughan], they just lit a fire under us tonight. We didn’t panic, which could happen in a situation where you’re playing a good hockey team. But we managed our emotions and worked our way through it. We did a little problem solving and got back to it. The credit goes to our players.”

Almen said his WHL goal will always be a proud memory.

“It’s really special for sure, definitely a night I’ll always remember.”

The loss snaps the Pats two-game losing streak.

Next action for Regina is Sunday afternoon when they host the Prince George Cougars. Coverage on 620 CKRM begins at 3:35 and opening faceoff at 4:00.

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