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Saturday, October 21, 2017

PATS 5 ROYALS 3

Keith Hershmiller Photography
REGINA - The Regina Pats scored four unanswered in the third period to win their fourth straight game, 5-3 over the Victoria Royals on Friday night at the Brandt Centre.

The game was scoreless after one but in the second the Royals scored three times to the Pats one.

Matt Bradley with the lone goal, his 10th of the season and it was 3-1 Victoria after 40 minutes.

In the third, Bryan Lockner and Matt Bradley picked up goals in the first five minutes to tie the game 3-3.

Then with just over seven minutes left, Marco Creta stole a pass at the offensive blueline and snapped home his first career WHL goal which would turn out to be the game winner.

Jonathan Smart added an empty netter in the final minute and the Pats took the two points.

Marco Creta, Sam Steel and Matt Bradley each had two point nights while Tyler Brown made 26 saves. The Regina powerplay was one for three and the penalty kill three for five with a shorthanded goal.

Quick Hits
- Marco Creta scored his first career WHL goal and had an assist in the win. He has five points in eight games this year.
- The Pats scored their fourth shorthanded goal of the season off the stick of Matt Bradley in the second period.
- Regina has outshot their opponents in six straight games and in nine of 12 games to start the year.

What’s Next?
The Pats (7-4-1) wrap up their four game home stand on Saturday night against the Vancouver Giants at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box office and at all Regina Safeway locations, Safeway Funzone tickets are just $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

2 comments:

william weppler said...

Well that is a real confidence builde for this Team! Great comeback against the early #1 team in the WHL after they could have folded the tents going into the 3rd period down 3-1.
It's these types of wins early in the season (now 4 in a row now) that can adjust the attitude of the younger players into thinking "Hey we can play with these supposedly more skilled teams".
Was really impressed with the D again last night especially with 2 (Mahura; Zamula) of the top 6 out of the lineup. My guy, Creta (#1 Star) gets his first and the winning goal with a great pinch play late in the game... that is JP's style of play for sure, and JP had a lot of praise for him after the game.
If not for the 2 "dumb penalties" (JP's words not mine and he named names as well) this game might not have been close from my viewpoint. Royals have a fast team and especially like the long breakout passes up the middle, but thought the Pats defended well and also showed that they have a lot of quick players to defend and back check. Something I didn't think we would be as good at this early in the campaign.
The secondary line scoring has also been a bright spot during this short wining streak with Oksanen quieted down somewhat we have had other unsung players stepping up with key goals. Bradley continues to impress me (11 goals already) and makes it easier to forget Dawson Leedahl who was a great all round player and leader for this team.

It would be great to stick another W before the upcoming road trip so lets go gettum tonight boys!

Oh yea BTW another sellout last night..The Regiment rules!

Anonymous said...

Followed up on Saturday with a terrible Pats performance at the old Brandt. Looks more and more like last season was the peak for this team.