Pats Dominated by Oil Kings 6-1

In their final game at the Brandt Centre for the month of November, the Regina Pats were left with a sour taste after a 6-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Edmonton snapped a three-game losing skid and picks up their sixth win of the season.

Ty Nash opened the scoring for the Oil Kings. John Szabo extended the lead in the first period, taking advantage of 2-on-1 advantage deep in the Pats end.

Photo: Keith Hershmiller Photography

Regina’s struggles continued in the second period with Skyler Bruce scoring his 7th goal of the year after being left alone in front for an easy open net tap-in.

Pats netminder Ewan Huet had a pair of goals sneak past him that he wished that he could have back, with Cole Miller and Smyth Rebman scoring in a 2:19 span. The fifth Oil Kings goal meant the end of Huet’s night as Kelton Pyne replaced Huet.

Tanner Howe provided the only highlight for the Pats, as he scored his 14th goal of the season after he corralled a loose rebound from a Parker Berge shot.

Marc Lajoie finished off the scoring with a 5-on-3 power play goal with ten seconds remaining in the period.

Huer ended up with 18 saves while Pyne had 12 saves.

Kolby Hay made 28 saves in the Oil Kings win.

After the game, Pats Assistant Coach Evan McFeeters wasn’t pleased with Wednesday’s result.

“I don’t think it’s an acceptable performance from our group in terms of any aspect of our game, special teams weren’t good enough.”

McFeeters added, “The details were nowhere to be seen, second efforts were tough to come by tonight. We got punch in the gut and deservedly so.

The Pats Assistant Coach says they won’t forgetting about this game in the near future.

“I don’t know if we’ll be flushing this one, we’re going to utilize it as a teaching moment for our club and making sure there’s maturity coming out this game and rectify it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

He also noted the Oil Kings were a hungry bunch on Wednesday, especially with the recent decision a 10-2 loss to Calgary on Saturday.

“You can tell they weren’t pleased with the outcome in the previous week against Calgary and you know they’re going on a long road trip, they wanted to make they started out well, and for us, I don’t know if we started the game yet tonight.”

The Pats will now head out on the road for their next five games over the next couple of weeks with the Canadian Western Agribition taking over the Brandt Centre.

On Friday, Regina will head to Swift Current to meet the Broncos.

Next weekend, the Pats will make a three-game road trip through Alberta with games in Medicine Hat, Edmonton, and Red Deer.

They will wrap up the road stretch in Brandon on December 1st.

Next matchup on home-ice for the Pats will fall on Saturday, December 2 against Swift Current.

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