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Thursday, February 21, 2013


EDMONTON - Lane Scheidl scored twice and Matt Hewitt made 53 saves Wednesday as the Regina Pats edged the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 in the Western Hockey League.  The win capped the Pats' central division swing at 1-2.

Morgan Klimchuk scored the winner for Regina (21-33-7) at 9:06 of the third, pouncing on a deflected puck to slide it into the open net as the Pats snapped a four-game slide.

Curtis Lazar and TJ Foster had the goals for Edmonton (43-13-5), while Tristan Jarry gave up three goals on just 16 shots in taking the loss.

Lazar opened up scoring for the Oil Kings with his team-leading 33rd goal at 2:03 of the second period, taking a feed from Henrik Samuelsson and roofing it glove side behind Hewitt.

Coming into the contest scoreless in nine power-play chances against Edmonton, the Pats man-advantage clicked just 2:35 later on a point blast from Scheidl through traffic to beat Jarry.

The Regina power play linked up again at 15:43 with a series of crisp passes leaving Scheidl all alone at the side of the net to tap in his second of the night to give the Pats a 2-1 lead.

Foster pulled the Oil Kings even at 5:31 of the third when his point shot deflected off Klimchuk and behind Hewitt.

But Klimchuck would make amends later in the period by picking up the winner for the Pats.

Edmonton's power play, 9-for-14 against Regina heading into the game, was held off the sheet on four opportunities.

The game was the third of four contests between the clubs. In the previous two games, Edmonton had outscored Regina 15-1.

The Pats now sit 11 points out of a playoff spot with 11 games to go.  They visit Moose Jaw Friday night at 7 pm on 620 CKRM (Press Box Sports Bar Pregame Show at 6:35 pm).


SASKATOON - Brenden Walker scored twice as the Saskatoon Blades stomped the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-1 for their 13th straight Western Hockey League victory Wednesday.  The victory tied a franchise record for consecutive wins for the Blades, dating back to 1987-88.

Erik Benoit, Matej Stransky and Josh Nicholls also scored for the surging Blades (36-21-3).

Tanner Eberle opened the scoring at 17:51 in the first period, but that proved to be the first and last goal for Moose Jaw (20-31-9).

Andrey Makarov made 35 saves for Saskatoon, while at the other end of the ice Justin Paulic stopped 30 shots.

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