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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

COORS LIGHT RECAP: HITMEN WHACK PATS 5-2

Keith Hershmiller Photography
REGINA - The Regina Pats fell 5-2 at home to the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday night at the Brandt Centre.

In the first, Calgary opened the scoring five minutes in. The Pats tied it on the powerplay four minutes later, as Austin Pratt tipped in his 19th of the season and it was 1-1. The Hitmen retook the lead late in the first and it was 2-1 after one.

In the second, the Pats tied it again on the powerplay, Sergei Alkhimov tipped in his 10th to make it 2-2. Makai Mitchell picked up his first career WHL point with an assist on the goal. It stayed 2-2 until the final five minutes of the second when Regina product Carson Focht scored twice, and Calgary led 4-2 after 40 minutes.

In the third, the Hitmen extended the lead to 5-2 with a powerplay goal from James Malm and that was the final score.

The Pats were outshot 38-23. The powerplay was 2/3 while the penalty went 4/6. Max Paddock made 33 saves.

Quick Hits
- Max Paddock started his first game since January 5, making 33 saves.
- Makai Mitchell recorded his first career WHL point with a second period assist.
- The Pats are now 1-1-0-0 against Calgary this season.

What’s Next? 
The Pats (13-34-1-2) are back at it on Friday at home to the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What the fans who braved −30 weather saw was a team posing as a Major Junior team. Unlike Calgary who clawed their way out of the basement to a playoff contender is amazing. They are as young as we are yet they are light years better than us. No talent, no speed, no nothing. This has nothing to do with being about a couple good years. Lots of teams do that and never sink like the Pats have. There are big problems here and next season isn't shaping up to be any better. An old Pats player told me at the game there would be barely a handful of players worth keeping. They haven't got much better all year. They still can't play basic team defence probably because coaching. The guy who took Saskatoon to the basement is leading us there. No matter how much you try to pump up the tires, it don't wash. We are paying for the horrid mis-steps of the last few years. The proof is in the fact there are no championships of any consequence in the rafters. A lot to do about nothing.