Saturday, September 3, 2016
PATS 4 BLADES 1
The first meeting of the pre-season between the two clubs was a physical contest. The Pats came out firing, putting up 17 shots on goal to the visitors 7. However, the Blue and White could not figure out Saskatoon goaltender Nolan Maier early on leaving the first period scoreless.
The rivals would exchange goals in the second. Saskatoon’s Luke Gingras broke the stalemate 49 seconds into the middle frame. Sergey Zborovskiy pulled his team even with a big shot from the blue line at the 10:14 mark.
In the third, Jared Freadrich fired his own bullet from the blue line to give his team a 2-1 lead and what would be the eventual game winner. The Pats got some insurance in the waning minutes thanks to empty net goals from Nick Henry and Brady Pouteau.
-Nick Henry scored 3 points (1G, 2A)
-Tyler Brown stopped 30/31 for the victory
-Sam Steel had 2 points (2A)
The next action for the Regina Pats is this Friday, on the road, when they visit the Medicine Hat Tigers in Wainwright, AB. The pair will return to the Brandt Centre for the back half of the home and home on Saturday, September 10. Puck drop is 7 p.m.
(Courtesy Mark Rathwell)