Sunday, February 17, 2013
Hitmen 5 Pats 2
The Regina Pats were in Calgary on Sunday afternoon to kick off 5 straight road games against the Hitmen. The Pats came in off a loss on Friday night at the hands of the Swift Current Broncos 2-1. Teagan Sacher was outstanding in goal making 38 saves in the loss while Chandler Stephenson scored the Pats only goal. The Hitmen returned from 9 straight on the road on Friday and beat the Victoria Royals 3-1 for their 6th straight home win. The Hitmen held the second spot in the Central Division and were 3rd in the Eastern Conference. The Pats came in 13 points back of the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the 8th and final playoff spot with two games in hand. The Pats gave Teagan Sacher his second straight start in goal in Calgary on this night. The Pats scratches on Sunday were Tye Hand, Colton Jobke, Bryar Ortynski, Jack Rodewald, Dryden Hunt and Luke Fenkse.
In the first period the Hitmen would strike first. Greg Chase threw a pass in front that Teagan Sacher poked checked but it went off the midsection of Zane Jones and into the net for his 19th of he year 1:31 in and it was 1-0 Calgary. The Pats came back with a great scoring chance as Darian Henry led a 2 on 1 rush a put a perfect pass onto the tape of Braden Christoffer in front but Mack Shields got over and made a beautiful save for the Hitmen. The Pats got the first two powerplay chances of the game and while they had some zone time and some shots they were unable to find the back of the net. The Hitmen then got their first chance on the PP and on it Brady Brassart tipped a point shot past Sacher for his 25th from Brooks Macek and Victor Rask at 16:54 and it was 2-0 Calgary. Dyson Stevenson then tried to spark his club as he dropped the gloves with Kenton Helgesen a short time later and landed a number of punches before the linesmen broke it up. The Pats would get their 3rd chance on the powerplay late in the frame with 7 seconds left and so 1:53 of that carried over into the second period with the Hitmen up 2-0 and leading the shots on goal 8-5.
In the second frame the Pats had some good chances in the first 10 minutes including on their powerplay to start the period but were unable to find the back of the net. Morgan Klimchuk took a pass back door and tried a one time shot but hit the side of the net. The top line of the Pats of Klimchuk, Lane Scheidl and Chandler Stephenson were dangerous in the frame but Mack Shields made some good saves and the Hitmen did a good job blocking shots to keep themselves up 2-0. Calgary would make it 3-0 on a weird play behind the Pats net. Darian Henry tried a one time shot in the offensive zone that just missed and hit the boards and slid all the way into the Pats zone. Teagan Sacher stopped the puck and tried to leave it behind but it was turned over and Pavlo Padakin tried a wrap around and was stopped but the second attempt found the back of the net for his 17th of the year unassisted at 17:10. That's how the period would end with the shots on goal tied at 8's in the second and the Hitmen leading overall 16-13.
In the third period the Hitmen made it 4-0 on the powerplay 2:24 in as Zane Jones batted a puck out of mid air and in behind Teagan Sacher for his second of the game and 20th of the season from Jake Virtanen and Victor Rask. The Pats would get that one back with a powerplay goal of their own as Morgan Klimchuk fired home his 29th top shelf from Dyson Stevenson and Braden Christoffer at 6:23 and it was 4-1. Then the Blue and White would get within 2 as Lane Scheidl made a beautiful move to his forehand in front and finished for his 29th from Chandler Stephenson and Kyle Burroughs at 12:06 and it was 4-2 Calgary. But 17 seconds later the Hitmen would seal it as former Pat COlten Mayor tipped home his first for Calgary and 13th of the season from Victor Rask at 12:23 and it was 5-2 and that was the final score. The Pats were outshot 12-2 in the third and 28-15 overall.
The Pats went 1 for 5 on the powerplay on the night and the Hitmen went 2 for 5 and extended their home winning streak to 7 games.
The third star went to the Hitmens Pavlo Padakin who had a goal in the game. The second star was Victor Rask who picked up 3 assists and the first star went to Zane Jones who got 2 goals in the win.
The Pats are back in action on Tuesday night in Red Deer against the Rebels at 8 o'clock Regina time on 620 CKRM.