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Friday, March 4, 2016

RECAP: BRONCOS 3 PATS 2 SO

Photo courtesy Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Regina Pats played their third of a four game home stand on Friday night against the Swift Current Broncos. It was the 4th of six meetings between the two clubs on the season with the Pats holding a 2-1-0-0 record. The Pats were coming off a 5-3 win over Kootenay on Wednesday while the Broncos dropped a 5-2 decision to Red Deer on Tuesday for their 5th straight defeat. The Pats Adam Brooks carried a league high 16 game point streak into the contest with 7 goals and 29 assists in that stretch and Tyler Brown made his 12th straight start for Regina in goal. The Pats with a win combined with a Medicine Hat loss would mean the Pats clinch a playoff spot. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Wagner-Brooks-Zablocki
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Berg-Leschyshyn-Cole
Macklin-McAmmond-Smith

Hilsendager-Hobbs
Zborovskiy-Harrison
Schioler-Freadrich

Brown
Hollett
Broncos
Feser-Gawdin-Martin
Steenbergen-Pederson-Watson
Adams-Elder-Spencer
Chaulk-Arnold-Adamson

Jensen-Lajoie
Sissons-Minulin
Gordon-Khaira

Child
Burman

Pats scratches - Williams, Woods and Pouteau. 
Broncos scratches - Harris, Elder, Johnson, Miller, Olhaver and Schmiemann. 

In the first period the Pats and Broncos threw a lot of pucks on net but the goaltending was solid. Swift Current had the games first two powerplays but the Pats killed them off. The Pats got their first man advantage with 10 seconds left in the frame and had a buzzer beater chance but Child stopped it with the left pad and 1:50 carried over into the 2nd. The Broncos outshot the Pats 17-13 in the period but the scoreboard read 0-0.

In the second on the powerplay the Pats could not find the games first goal and 10 seconds after the man advantaged expired the Broncos went up 1-0. Jamal Watson off the bench skated in on a breakaway and buried his 15th of the season at 2;00. The lone assist went to Glenn Gawdin. The Pats got the game even at 11:12 when Adam Brooks tried a wrap around which was initially stopped but he jammed a second attempt over the goal line for his 35th. Austin Wagner and Sergey Zborovskiy the helpers and it was 1-1. The goal extended Brooks point streak to 17 games with 8 goals and 29 assists in that stretch. The Pats then took their first lead when Cole Sanford stole a puck at the left half wall, walked into the circle and fired an absolute bullet into the top corner short side for his 37th at 15:41 and it was 2-1. The period continued on until with less than a minute left Lane Zablocki was given a 5 minute major for boarding and a game misconduct and Swift Current went to an extended powerplay. The Pats killed the remaining 47 seconds of the period and stayed up 2-1 at the break. The Pats outshot Swift 18-14 in the period and it was tied 31-31 overall.

In the third the Broncos tied the game on the powerplay just 22 seconds in. Jon Martin put home a rebound for his 37th from Artyum Minulin and Tyler Steenbergen and it was 2-2. That's the way the game stayed thtough the next 19:48. The Pats had 12 shots to the Broncos 10 in the period and led 43-41 overall. in the period but the game needed OT.

In OT the Broncos came oh so close to winning the game but Tyler Steenbergen put a shot wide on the back hand with a wide open cage. The Pats then had a great chance short handed when Adam Brooks tried a wrap around and had a wide open net but put the puck through the goal mouth and we went to a shootout. The Pats outshot the Broncos 5-4 in OT and 48-45 overall.

In the shootout Jon Martin scored the lone goal for the Broncos and Travis Child stopped all three Pats and Swift Current took the extra point, 3-2 the final score.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 2 in the game and the penalty kill was 4 for 5.

The third star of the game went to the Broncos Jon Martin who scored in regulation and got the game winner. The second star to the Pats Tyler Brown who stopped 43 of 45 shots faced and the first star to Travis Child who stopped 46 of 48 shots in the win. 

The Pats are back in action on Sunday when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings at 4 o'clock at the Brandt Centre on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

NO SCORE

2nd Period

Broncos Goal at 2:00. Jamal Watson (15) from Glenn Gawdin.

Pats 4v4 Goal at 11:12. Adam Brooks (35) from Austin Wagner and Sergey Zborovskiy.

Pats Goal at 15:41. Cole Sanford (37) unassisted. 

3rd Period

Broncos PP Goal at 0:22. Jon Martin (37) from Artyom Minulin and Tyler Steenbergen.

Overtime

NO SCORE


Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1Tg4gsH

Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock: http://bit.ly/1Tg4no0

Post game interview with defenceman Chase Harrison: http://bit.ly/1LZqpnt





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