Pats battle back but lose in shootout to Blades

The Regina Pats walked away with a single point on Wednesday night after a 2-1 shootout loss against the Saskatoon Blades.

Regina has dropped their last two games, with both coming against the Blades.

Egor Sidorov opened the scoring for Saskatoon on the power play in the first period, which proved to be the only goal of the opening 20 minutes.

The bad blood between the two teams escalated in the second period, with the Blades receiving four attempts on the power play, while Regina had three. Despite extended time with the extra man advantage, neither team found the back of the net.

Photo: Keith Hershmiller Photography

Jaxsin Vaughan tied the game for the Pats in the beginning of the third period with a seeing-eye shot that found it’s way past Blades goalie Austin Elliott.

Pats netminder Ewan Huet was busy in the third period making 13 saves, including a couple of highlight reel saves to keep the game tied 1-1.

Overtime settled nothing, as both squads headed to a shootout. Sidorov scored the lone goal as Elliot turned aside all three Pats shooters.

Huet ended up making 38 saves in the loss.

Saskatoon was 1/6 on the power play while Regina was 0/4.

After the game, Pats Head Coach Brad Herauf felt his team took too many penalties.

“Penalties that we’re taking are not preventing goals, they’re 200 feet from the net.”

Herauf added that a problem for the Pats is that they’re making it harder for themselves, with the penalties serving as an example.

Even though they only walked away with one point against the Blades, Huet felt the Pats earned it.

“One point is not bad, we battled hard, it’s what we’ll take from the game.”

The Pats will now enter a weekend home and home set with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The two teams will play in Brandon on Saturday night before they travel back to Regina on Sunday.

Coverage for Saturday’s game on 620 CKRM begins at 2:35.

Sunday’s coverage begins at 3:35.

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