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Saturday, January 12, 2019

PATS FALL IN THE HAT, HOST RED REER SATURDAY

MEDICINE HAT - The Regina Pats completed their season series with the Tigers in Medicine Hat on Friday night with a 5-2 defeat.

The Tigers opened the scoring six minutes into the first, Elijah Brown tipped one home to make it 1-0. The Pats drew even late in the frame, Riley Krane picked up his ninth of the campaign and it was a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes.

In the second, Brett Kemp scored twice for Medicine Hat, one even strength and one on the powerplay to make it 3-1. The Pats responded with a goal from Sebastian Streu, his third, and the Medicine Hat lead was cut to 3-2. However, the Tigers added another two goals in the final five minutes of the frame to lead 5-2 at the break.

Matthew Pesenti started in the Pats goal to start the third, his WHL debut, and he made four saves to post a zero, but the Pats fell 5-2.

The Pats were outshot 28-22. The powerplay was 0/2 while the penalty kill went 5/7. Dean McNabb and Matthew Pesenti combined to make 23 saves.

Quick Hits
- Matthew Pesenti made his WHL debut, playing the final 20 minutes in the Pats goal.
- Riley Krane is now tied for 6th among all WHL rookies with nine goals.
- Sebastian Streu has two goals and an assist in his last three games.

What’s Next? 
The Pats (12-29-1-1) are back on home ice Saturday for Barret Jackman Bobblehead Night against the Red Deer Rebels 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:

Enigma said...

Watching this team at home and on the road online is becoming a hard thing to do. They are almost completely devoid of any high end talent that fans can identify with. All of the recognizable players are gone, and many we thought were going to make their mark haven't. The Pats have to be encouraged and grateful for the emergence to some degree of rookies Alkhimov and Krane. It's too bad the Pats couldn't have landed a top end young player with all the wheeling and dealing. Waiting for 2019 picks is still a long way off.

The moves to re-stock the cupboards was sorely needed and understandable. It doesn't make losing every night any more bearable. For at least the last decade the Pats have been very undisciplined and it continues. Almost every night they called for 6-8 penalties and are short handed far too much. 7 penalties and two pp goals against last night. The management has paid lip service to the problem but nobody is correcting it. It's hard to win when you have so little talent and even more so when you have undisciplined players. They will never be successful until they change that part of their culture.