Portland got the game’s first goal off the stick of Cody Glass, 3:46 into the opening period. Sam Steel got Regina even five minutes later when he picked up his seventh of the season and it was 1-1. However a Portland powerplay gave the Winterhawks the 2-1 lead at 12:19 of the first and that was the score through 20 minutes.
There were no goals in the second and it wasn’t until 19:46 of the third that the Winterhawks scored an empty netter to make it 3-1 and that was the final score. The Pats were outshot 31-28 in the defeat, the powerplay was oh for one and the penalty kill two for three. Tyler Brown made 28 saves for the Pats, Cole Kehler 27 for the Winterhawks.
- Cale Fleury picked up his first point with the Pats with a first period assist.
- Sam Steel has goals in consecutive games and is up to seven on the year.
- Josh Mahura tied Dawson Davidson for the team defence scoring lead with an assist, both have 18 points overall.
The Pats (12-9-2) are right back at it Sunday in Everett against the Silvertips. Puck drop is at 6 p.m. Regina time on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Friday, December 8 against the Kelowna Rockets. 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.