The Regina Pats outlasted the Kelowna Rockets to the tune of a 4-3 win at the Brandt Centre on Friday night.
In the first, the Rockets opened the scoring when Jadon Joseph set up Pavel Novak back door and it was 1-0, eight minutes in. The Regina powerplay responded at the 12-minute mark, Caiden Daley tipped in a Zach Wytinck point shot to tie the game at one and that was the score after the first. In the second, Zach Wytinck gave the Pats their first lead just under two minutes in, his third of the season and it was 2-1. Regina went up 3-1 10 minutes later when Kyle Walker scored his third from the right circle and the Pats took the two-goal lead to the break. In the third, Matthew Wedman scored on the powerplay with eight minutes left to cut the Pats lead to 3-2. 1:39 later, Ryker Evans scored his third from the left point and Regina led 4-2. The Rockets came back with a shorthanded goal with 4:31 left, but the Pats held on from there for a big 4-3 victory.
The Pats were outshot 39-32, the powerplay went one for seven and the penalty kill was three for four. Caiden Daley and Zach Wytinck led the offence with a goal and an assist, while Max Paddock made 36 saves and was named the game’s first star.
The Pats (8-18-3-0) will wrap up the unofficial first half of the season on Sunday afternoon when they host the Winnipeg ICE at 4 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.
Kelowna – Pavel Novak (11) from Jadon Joseph and Kaeden Korczak – 7:58.
Regina – Caiden Daley (2) from Zach Wytinck and Carson Denomie – 12:03 PP.
Regina – Zach Wytinck (3) from Caiden Daley – 1:58, 4v4.
Regina – Kyle Walker (3) from Austin Pratt – 12:28.
Kelowna – Matthew Wedman (8) from Pavel Novak and Jake Lee – 11:45 PP.
Regina – Ryker Evans (3) from Robbie Holmes – 13:24.
Kelowna – Mark Liwiski (4) from Keaden Korczak – 15:29 SH.
Shots on Goal
Regina 7-15-10-(32) Kelowna 11-11-17-(39)
Regina 1/7 Kelowna 1/4
– Caiden Daley has goals in back to back games and points in three straight contests (2G, 2A).
– Carson Denomie put up a powerplay assist Friday and has six powerplay points in 11 games with Regina.
– Zach Wytinck has points in three straight games, scoring a goal and adding four assists in that stretch.
The Pats will wrap up the unofficial first half of the season on Sunday afternoon when they host the Winnipeg ICE at 4 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office or at any Regina Safeway location.