|Photo courtesy Steve Hiscock|
It wasn’t the start the Pats envisioned in Saskatoon when the Blades scored four goals in a 4:13 span during the first period. Cameron Hausinger started it off at the 8:17 mark scoring on a scramble. Ryan Graham followed that up a minute later on a breakaway. Wyatt Sloboshan and Graham rounded out the run, both scoring on backhands from the faceoff circle. The Pats got one back in the frame when Rykr Cole’s far-pad rebound was fought into the net by Chase Harrison to cut the Blades lead to 4-1 before the end of the frame.
The Pats came out firing in the second period, keeping the Blades on the defensive most of the frame. Despite outshooting Saskatoon 17-8, the Pats couldn’t find a way to beat Brock Hamm who made 29 saves through forty minutes of play. Austin Wagner had a great chance to cut the lead to two in the final seconds of period, but his breakaway was stopped by Hamm to leave the Pats trailing 4-1 heading to the third.
The Pats continued to struggle to find the back of the net in the third despite outshooting Blades by a 13-8 mark in the period. With time ticking away, and the Pats heading to the powerplay, the Pats elected to bring Tyler Brown to the bench with over six minutes left. The gamble paid off as Adam Brooks struck on the powerplay, sneaking a slap shot by Hamm to make it a two goal lead. That was as close as the Pats came as Graham completed the hat-trick into the, once again, empty net with 1:26 left sending the Blades to the 5-2 win.
- Tyler Brown made his 18th straight appearance in the Pats goal.
- The Pats haven’t lost back to back games in over a month, their last were three in a row Jan. 13, 14 and 16.
- Game attendance was 4,683.
The Pats host the Red Deer Rebels on Monday in an 11:30 a.m. matchup in front of 4,300 students at the Brandt Centre. Limited tickets are available for walk-up purchase at the Brandt Centre Box Office and Safeway locations throughout Regina.
(With files from Daniel Fink/Regina Pats)