The Regina Pats knew that the Moose Jaw Warriors were wrapping up a three game stretch in three nights and took full advantage. The Pats were also looking to avenge a loss from Thursday evening against the Warriors as they visited Mosaic Place for the first time this season in Western Hockey League action Saturday.
“They took two points from us at our home rink. So, coming into this game, that was big for us,” said Pats captain Colton Jobke. “You never want to lose two back-to-back games to a division opponent.”
The Pats took two points from the Warriors with a convincing 5-1 win to improve to 14-21-2-2 on the season. The Warriors fall to 14-18-3-4 on the season.
The Warriors defeated the Pats 4-3 on Thursday and then a gritty 4-3 come from behind win over Brandon on Friday evening. The Pats were looking to push the Warriors and capitalize on their tired legs.
“We knew coming in that it was their third game in three nights with travel involved, so our goal going into the game was to push the pace and put pucks behind their D and out-skate them,” Jobke explained. “I think the biggest difference between this game and Thursday night was we moved our feet for 60 minutes and we just continued to battle.”
Marc McCoy got the Pats on the board in the first period with a give and go play up the ice and potted his third of the season.
The Pats would throw more at the Warriors in the second frame and took control of the game, including scoring three goals in just under three minutes.
“Their goals were just a result of us making mistakes and mental breakdowns. I thought our effort, overall, was fairly good,” stated Warriors captain Kendall McFaull. “It seemed like at times we were working really hard, but it was just inconsistent.”
Despite playing three games in three nights, McFaull doesn’t want that to be the reason the team struggled against the Pats on home ice.
“We never want to use that as an excuse. I think it was more mentally than physically,” he said. “I’m not sure what the cause of our mental breakdowns were. It is one of those things that sometimes it happens, but we have to be more prepared before the game.”
Adam Rossingnol and McCoy scored less than a minute apart and Jack Rodewald also added a goal in the second period.
Lane Scheidl potted his 19th of the season to add some insurance for the Pats. The Warriors finally got on the board midway through the third period when Andrew Johnson had a great individual effort to keep the puck in at the blue line and shovelled the puck to a streaking Brandon Potomak. He held on to the puck despite being smothered by a defender and waited patiently until Pats goaltender Teagan Sacher went down and slipped the puck past him.
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