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Pats Fall to Warriors 5-2

September 26, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Regina Pats News Release


Regina, Sask. - The Regina Pats fell 5-2 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night, finishing their pre-season with a 3-2-1 record.

The Warriors got a pair of goals each from defenceman Matthew Gallant and winger Eric Alarie, plus a tally from centre Atley Calvert.

Zack Smith and Sloan Stanick had the Pats goals.

GAME SUMMARY

After a quiet start to the game, Moose Jaw opened the scoring on a power play just under eight minutes into the first, thanks to a wrist shot from Eric Alarie.

Atley Calvert doubled the Warriors lead with 4:05 to go in the first period after a puck ricocheted off him and past Spencer Welke, to give the visitors a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Zack Smith got the Pats on the board just over six minutes into the second period of play, after he found the puck at the side of the goal and quickly fired one to the top corner to make it a 2-1 game.

Moose Jaw responded just a couple minutes later, when defenceman Matthew Gallant went to the net and one-timed home a pass from Alarie.

Just 16 seconds after making it 3-1, Gallant struck again, this time right off a face-off with a slap shot to increase the Warriors lead to 4-1.

The first half of the third period rolled around without much change, until Stanick got Regina to within a pair with 8:03 remaining in the contest. He took the puck down the right wing side on a 2-on-1 with Smith and ripped a shot to the top corner over the glove of Carl Tetachuk.

Once again, however, Moose Jaw responded quickly, as Alarie scored his second of the game just three minutes later to restore the three-goal lead.

That 5-2 score would hold up as the final, with Tetachuk making 32 saves for his second win of the pre-season.

There weren't a lot of special teams in this game, as Regina finished the night 0-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill.

THEY SAID IT

"Moose Jaw played really good here tonight. Give them a lot of credit. They added some skilled players to the lineup that had a massive impact. And last night we only played good in the first 30 minutes. They came at us hard in the second half. We liked our first period. Ten, 12 minutes of the second period we pushed hard, but the overall finish of the game execution wasn't where we needed it to be." - Pats HC Dave Struch

3 STARS

Matthew Gallant - MJ - 2G, 1A

Eric Alarie - MJ - 2G, 1A

Zack Smith - REG - 1G, 1A

WHAT'S NEXT

The Pats pre-season is now complete.

They open the regular season on Friday Oct. 1 in Prince Albert against the Raiders and have their home opener the following afternoon at 1 p.m. in a rematch between the two clubs. Get your tickets for the Pats home opener, which will be broadcast on CBC,.


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