Pats fizzle out in 4-1 loss to Raiders

The Regina Pats dropped their second straight game at the Brandt Centre with a 4-1 loss courtesy of the Prince Albert Raiders.

Corbin Vaughan scored for the Pats, ending the a scoreless stretch for the team that spanned 103:01 after they were shutout on Sunday against Prince George.

Former Pat Sloan Stanick, Cole Peardon, Niall Crocker and Krzysztof Macias provided the goals for the Raiders.

Pats and Raiders in action. Photo: Keith Hershmiller

Regina thought they had tied the game at 2-2 in the third period with a mad scramble in front of Raiders netminder Chase Coward ending with the puck in the net. The play was ruled no-goal on the ice and after a video review, the call was upheld.

Assistant Coach Ken Schneider said in the post-game show that it was ruled a no-goal as a result of a quick whistle.

He admitted that it was frustrating that without audio during the review, it was hard to understand why it wasn’t ruled a goal.

“Pretty difficult.”

Schneider said the Pats were lacking a spark on Wednesday night.

“Right from the get go, it seemed we didn’t have the energy that we needed to have.”

Schneider felt the Pats energy was better in the third period but it was too little, too late.

He added, “We didn’t play with enough emotion and we weren’t hard enough on the puck.”

Over the last two games, the Pats have taken 15 penalties, with seven against Prince Albert. Schneider believes the increased amount of infractions against Regina were a result of work ethic.

“When you’re moving your feet and skating, you’re going to create penalties from the other side instead of reaching and grabbing and those high stick penalties, that’s a result of not moving your feet.”

Defenceman Parker Berge felt the Pats didn’t play a full 60 minutes.

“We had our moments here and there, but we couldn’t find the consistency we needed to be able to find the rhythm in our game and get going.”

Berge has 10 points (2G-8A) points in last eight games after picking an assist on Vaughan’s goal.

2008-born forward Cameron Kuzma made his WHL debut on Wednesday after being called up earlier this week. He became the first Pat to ever the #47.

Regina will wrap up their four-game homestand on Friday night when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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