Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Raiders 9 Pats 4
he Regina Pats were in Prince Albert Wednesday night looking win a season high 6 straight games. The Pats were riding their longest winning streak since the 2007-08 season. The most recent win came on Sunday in a 3-1 final against the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings where Colton Jobke scored the game winner early in the third period. The Raider had been off since the last time these two teams met on Saturday when the Pats won 5-2. The Raiders got some players back from the World Juniors Wednesday in Mark McNeill and Leon Draisaitl and being two of their top players they were welcomed back with open arms to a Prince Albert team who had lost 3 straight. The Pats were without defenseman Luke Fenske and Connor Gay who didn't make the trip after coming down with the flu. Matt Hewitt got the start for the Pats in P.A. while Tye Hand and Bryar Ortynski checked into the lineup. The Pats scratches Wednesday were Adam Brooks, Marc McCoy, Filip Vasko, Dryden Hunt, Connor Gay, Luke Fenske and Darian Henry.
In the first period the Pats went to the penalty kill early but got the games first goal. Dylan Busenius controlled at the blueline for the Raiders but fell and turned the puck over to Dyson Stevenson who ad a breakaway shorthanded. He outwaited Raider netminder Luke Siemens and then finished up high for his 11th of the year at 2:57 unassisted. The Pats would make it 2-0 less than 2 minutes later as Lane Scheidl was left all in front and finished a rebound for his 23rd of the year at 4:31 from Colton Jobke and Chandler Stephenson. The Raiders would get one back as Davis Vandane skated across the Pat line and took a quick wrister that beat Matt Hewitt low on his glove side at the 7:55 mark and it was 2-1. The Blue and White would restore the 2 goal lead at 9:05 as Chandler Stephenson took a feed and walked in front and beat Siemens 5 hole. Morgan Klimchuk and Lane Scheidl the assists and that was the end of Luke Siemens night as he gave p 3 goals on 7 shots. The Raiders then got some powerplays late and made it 3-2 at 17:32 as Dakota Conroy scored his 18th from Bardaro and Busenius and it was 3-2. Then on another powerplay Mike Winther scored his 15th from Morrissey and Busenius at 19:23 and it was 3-3. The Pats would be given their first powerplay with 2 seconds left in the first which carried into the second. The Raiders outshot the Pats 17-10 in the frame.
In the second the Raiders took their first lead 9:16 in as Mark McNeill scored on a rebound his 14th of the season from Mike Winther and it was 4-3. Then at the 11:11 mark the Raiders made it 5-3 as Josh Morrissey shot from the point through a screen and beat Hewitt for his 9th from Conroy and Vanstone. The Pats would then get a couple powerplays and got within one goal just as a powerplay expired as Morgan Klimchuk took a drop pass in the slot and beat Desautels for his 22nd of the year from Lane Scheidl and Chandler Stephenson at the 16:04 mark. The Pats would be handed their 4th powerplay of the game with 1:12 left in the second and if it wasn't for a beautiful save from Desautels it would have been 5-5. However the period would end with the Raiders up 5-4 and the Pats would carry 48 seconds of powerplay time into the 3rd. The shots on goal in the second were 13-8 P.A. and they led overall 30-18.
In the third the Pats would not get a goal on their powerplay to start the period and then the Raiders took back their 2 goal lead as Anthony Bardaro got his 17th from Draisaitl and McNeill at 3:37 and it was 6-4. Then at the 6:55 mark P.A. made it 7-4 as Carson Perreaux got his 8th shorthanded from Harrison Ruopp. The onslaught continued as the Raiders scored again at 10:46 from Shane Danyluk, the assists went to Vandane and Braid and it was 8-4. Then with 4:30 left Leon Draisaitl made it 9-4 with his 10th of the year from Busenius and Ruopp and that was how the game would end. The shots on goal in the third were 16-9 for P.A. and the led overall 46-27 and the Pats winning streak stopped at 5 games.
The Pats powerplay went oh for 7 on the night while their penalty kill went 5 for 7. In the post game interview assistant coach Josh Dixon said the Pas hurt themselves with penalties and turnovers. Matt Hewitt made 37 stops in the loss while Andy Desautels came in and stopped 19 of 20 shots en route to his second win of the season.
The Blue and White are back in action Friday night at home to the Calgary Hitmen with a 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM.