The Blades struck twice in the span of 18 seconds to take the lead nine minutes into the game. First Max Gerlach and then Ryan Hughes and it was 2-0 Saskatoon after one.
The Blades extended the lead to three, four minutes into the second, Kirby Dach with the goal and it was 3-0. The Pats responded in the final six minutes of the period. Cole Dubinsky tipped home a point shot for his second of the year to get the Pats on the board. Then, with just over two minutes left in the period, Austin Pratt stole a puck in the offensive zone and scored from an almost impossible angle for his 17th and the Pats were down just 3-2 after 40 minutes.
In the third, Saskatoon scored on the powerplay early to lead 4-2. They added another at the eight-minute mark and one with less than a minute left to take the two points in a 6-2 final.
The Pats were outshot 34-17. The powerplay was 0/5 while the penalty kill went 5/6. Dean McNabb made 28 saves.
- Riley Krane extended his point streak to four games, has one goal and three assists in that stretch.
- Austin Pratt set a new career high with his 17th goal of the season.
- The Pats are now 1-1-1-0 against the Blades this season.
The Pats (12-32-1-1) will host a rematch with the Blades on Saturday at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.