By Colton Hordichuk – ReginaPats.com
Last Saturday the Regina Pats put an end to their four game skid with a 4-1 win over their division leaders, the Prince Albert Raiders. The Blue and White looked to build off of their efforts and continue to rack up wins as they faced off against the Seattle Thunderbirds at home on Wednesday night.
It took about a minute for the Thunderbirds to generate their first powerplay of the game when the Pats’ Colby Williams was called for holding. The Blue and White made their penalty kill look effortless. After the kill, Pats forward Adam Rossignol got the home team on the board first with a hard-working goal in front of the net from Jack Rodewald and Lane Scheidl at 9:29 of the first. Two minutes after the first marker by the Pats, Dyson Stevenson stripped the T-Birds defenseman and delivered a sweet tape-to-tape pass to Colten Mayor where Mayor finished off the rush with an even sweeter goal off of the crossbar and in. The Thunderbirds picked up the pressure near the end of the frame, but the Pats closed out the first period with a 2-0 lead.
The momentum of the game changed quickly in favor of the Thunderbirds early in the second period. The T-Birds made the Blue and White pay on the powerplay with goals from Shea Theodore and Justin Hickman 2:07 apart that evened up the score 2-2. Ty McLean and Colby Williams each took penalties fourteen seconds apart to give the Thunderbirds a two-man advantage. The nervous Brandt Centre let out a sigh of relief when both penalties were killed off successfully.
In response to the optimistic crowd, the Pats’ tallied two consecutive goals. The first came from Luke Fenske at 8:07 of the frame with assists from Morgan Klimchuk and Adam Brooks. The second came from the Pats leading scorer, Lane Scheidl, assisted by Klimchuk and Colton Jobke to put the Pats ahead 4-2 with five minutes go in the period. The eventful second concluded with the visitors ahead in shots 37-15, but home team ahead on the scoreboard, 4-2.
After allowing 37 shots in the first two periods, the Pats locked things down in the third to seal their second consecutive win. The Pats’ lead was increased to 5-2 when Klimchuk electrified the crowd with tally that would ultimately give him a goal and two assists on the night. Sylvegard and Scheidl nabbed assists on the Klimchuk goal at 6:55 of the third. The Thunderbirds tried to fight back when Mitch Elliot dropped the gloves with Pats’ Jack Rodewald with 1:41 left in the period. Unfortunately for Seattle, that was all the fight they had left in them as the Regina Pats won their second game in a row 5-2. Pats’ goaltender Matt Hewitt played sensationally and stopped forty-three out of the forty-five shots he faced in the game.
1. Matt Hewitt – 43 Svs
2. Morgan Klimchuk – 1G, 2A
3. Emil Sylvegard – 1A
Next Game: vs. Saskatoon – Friday, November 9th – 7:05 p.m. (CKRM)
Next Home Game: vs. Seattle – Saturday, November 10th – 7:00 p.m. (CKRM/Access 7)