ICE Stay Undefeated with Win over Pats
Regina, Sask. - TheÂ Regina Pats were doubled upÂ 6-3 by the Winnipeg ICEÂ on Saturday night, suffering their fifth straight defeat. The Pats are now 2-5-0Â on the season, while the ICEÂ improve to 6-0-0, including 3-0 against Regina this season.
TheÂ Regiment got goals from Tanner Howe, Logan Nijhoff and Cole Dubinsky,Â but it was a constant night of playing catch-up. Regina did well to keep things tight for the first 40 minutes, making the game 4-3 at one point, but Winnipeg out-shot them 12-2 in the final frame and addedÂ a sixth goal.
Matthew Savoie had two goals and an assistÂ for the ICE and was named the game's first star.
Drew Sim made his first start for the Pats, stopping 26 of 31.
While the ICEÂ jumpedÂ out to a 1-0 lead just 55 seconds in, the first period was mostlyÂ controlled by the Pats.
A couple early power plays didn't provide any goals, but midway through the period, the Pats got the equalizer from Tanner Howe, after he deflectedÂ a pass from Stanislav Svozil past goaltender DanielÂ Houser.
Just a few minutes later, Matthew Savoie re-gained the lead for the home side thanks to his quick release and a nice feed from Mikey Milne.
Under three minutes after that, Regina once again responded, this time after captain Logan Nijhoff banked a shot off Houser and in from below the goal line.
After 20 minutes, the game was tied 2-2 and the Pats led in shots on goal 15-7.
The goals came in bunches in the second period.
First, Savoie got the ICE ahead 3-2 on a power play, and 40 seconds later, Zachary Benson doubled the lead to 4-2.
Just 52 seconds after that, Regina got a massive goal from Cole Dubinsky, to narrow Winnipeg's lead to one. Cole Carrier gotÂ to a bouncing puck at his own blue line and hustled down the left side to create a 2-on-1 with Dubinsky. Carrier then fed DubinskyÂ a perfect pass, who one-timed the puck off the post and in.
Under three minutes later, Connor McLennon made it a 5-3 game off a nice individual effort.
After 40 minutes of play, the ICE led by a pair.
Early in the third period, the Pats got a power play opportunity, but Houser made a couple good stops to keep his squad up by two.
After that, it was all ICE, who didn't give up much defensively and got another insurance marker from MaximillianÂ Struele, his first in the WHL.
The Pats went 0-for-5 on the power play on Saturday, while the ICE went 1-for-3.
Matthew SavoieÂ - WPGÂ - 2G, 1A
Carson Lambos - WPGÂ - 2A
Skylar Bruce- WPGÂ - 2A
The PatsÂ host the Saskatoon Blades in their next game onÂ Friday, Oct. 22, which will be the first of six meetings this season.
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