Recap: Regina Pats (3) vs Saskatoon Blades (4) OT
Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night at the SaskTel Centre. The Blades scored the game's first two goals in the opening period, but Jesse Gabrielle got one back late in the frame, his fifth of the year and it was 2-1. In the second, Cameron Hebig tied it up with his 32nd and then Sam Steel gave the Pats their first lead with his 17th and it was 3-2 heading to the third. In the final frame, Evan Fiala tied it up for Saskatoon which eventually forced overtime in a 3-3 tie. In the extra frame, Eric Florchuk tipped home the winner and gave the Blades the extra point in a 4-3 final. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 50-30 in the defeat, the powerplay was oh for four and the penalty kill was one for one. Sam Steel and Cameron Hebig led the offence with a goal and an assist each while Max Paddock made 26 saves. The Pats (24-20-5-0) will host a rematch with the Blades on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m.
Scoring Summary - First Period: Saskatoon - Eric Florchuk (8) unassisted - 9:17. Saskatoon - Chase Wouters (13) from Braylon Shmyr and Josh Paterson - 16:22. Regina - Jesse Gabrielle (5) from Matt Bradley and Libor Hajek - 18:13. Second Period: Regina - Cameron Hebig (32) from Cale Fleury and Sam Steel - 5:32. Regina - Sam Steel (17) from Cameron Hebig and Josh Mahura - 18:43. Third Period: Saskatoon - Evan Fiala (5) from Michael Farren and Randen Schmidt - 12:22. Overtime: Saskatoon - Eric Florchuk (9) from Kirby Dach - 1:37.
Shots on Goal: Regina 19-15-16-0-(50) Saskatoon 10-10-9-1-(30) Powerplays: Regina 0/4 Saskatoon 0/1
Quick Hits - Cameron Hebig scored a goal and added an assist in his first game against his former team. - Max Paddock returned from injury and got his first start since December 27 in Brandon. - The Pats are now 8-3-2-0 in 12 games since the Christmas break.
What's Next? The Pats will host a rematch with the Blades on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box office.
About the Regina Pats: Named for the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world. Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL's Eastern Division.
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