Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-8-0-1) vs. Regina Pats (5-4-1-0)
Connor Gay lead the way for the Pats with three points – one goal and two assists. Dryden Hunt and Patrick D’amico each had one goal and one assist in the contest for the Pats. While Tyler Brown made his first start of the season and earned the victory.
The game started well for the Hurricanes as they played a strong first period and looked prepared from the outset. The ‘Cane opened the scoring at the 13:37 mark as Tyler Wong found Carter Folk off the bench and Folk made no mistake slipping one through the five-hole of Brown on a breakaway for his first goal in 14 games dating back to last year. The assist for Wong extends his point scoring streak to three games (1 goal, 2 assists in that span). However, the lead was only Lethbridge’s for under five minutes as Regina would equalize with just 1:30 left in the period as Hunt beat Stuart Skinner through the legs to make it 1-1 after one period. Lethbridge out shot Regina 11-10 in the opening period.
In the second, Regina took over as they scored three goals and out shot the ‘Canes 18-6. At the 6:33 mark of the second, Colby Williams buried one to give the Pats the lead 2-1 after a great pass by Gay. Later in the period, at the 15:05 mark, Austin Wagner moved in and beat Skinner high to the blocker to give Regina a 3-1 lead. The Hurricanes would take back to back penalties resulting in a five-on-three power play and Morgan Klimchuk – who was making his season debut for the Pats – capitalized with just six seconds left in the period banging a puck that bounced off the end glass in front to make it 4-1 Pats after two periods.
In the third, the Pats continued to dominate the game despite a more even shot count. Regina continuously out-skated Lethbridge and were beating them to loose pucks and winning all the battles. They would add two more to their total as D’Amico and Gay each had goals in the frame to see Regina skate to the 6-1 win.
Power plays in the game saw Lethbridge go 0/6 and Regina went 2/4.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Pats – #32 Connor Gay – (1G, 2A)
2) Pats – #25 Patrick D’Amico – (1G, 1A)
3) Pats – #29 Dryden Hunt – (1G, 1A)
The Hurricanes have scored the first goal of the game five times this season, Saturday included, and have lost all five contests. The loss drops the ‘Canes to 1-8-0-1 on the year – Regina improves to 5-4-1-0.
The ‘Canes will head out on the road now for four straight games beginning Tuesday night in Edmonton against the defending Memorial Cup Champions. Faceoff is 7pm from Rexall Place.