Hansen nets shootout winner for Pats
For the second straight night the Moose Jaw Warriors lost in a shootout.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Jack Rodewald from the Moose Jaw Warriors, right, and Morgan Klimchuk from the Regina Pats get tied up off of the opening face-off of the game Saturday night.
This one stung a lot more.
Former Warrior Carter Hansen scored the shootout winner for the Regina Pats as they beat the Warriors 3-2 Saturday at Mosaic Place.
The Warriors record drops to 4-4-0-2 on the WHL season as they prepare to host the Saskatoon Blades Sunday afternoon (2 p.m., Mosaic Place).
Hansen had little impact on the game until he beat Justin Paulic between the legs as the Pats’ eighth shooter to end the shootout.
“I think this is the best feeling I’ve had in my life, coming back to score the winner against my former home team,” said Hansen. “I’ve been thinking about this game since I got traded.
“This definitely boosts my confidence. I haven’t had a point yet this season, but hopefully I can pick it up in the next few games.”
The game got off to a nasty start. Regina’s Dyson Stevenson collided knee-on-knee with Warriors star Brayden Point on the game’s first shift. Travis Brown jumped to Point’s defence and 16 seconds in the game had its first fight. Brown took an instigating penalty and was lost to the Warriors for 17 minutes.
“The guy runs Pointer, it should have been a major penalty and it wasn’t. We ended up getting a deuce out of it,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “Then we spent most of the time in the box.
“It was an awkward start to the game.”
There would be three more fights in the first period.
Jack Rodewald opened the scoring for the Warriors as he scored his third of the season after a nice pass from Brown.
The Pats tied the game on a Morgan Klimchuk power play goal and Boston Leier scored with 14.9 seconds left in the middle frame to put the Pats ahead.
Brown tied the game with 3:10 left in the third period to force overtime.
“We got back to our game, getting pucks deep, finishing checks, crashing the net and trying to throw things at the net,” said Brown who has 15 points to share the league lead in scoring by a defenceman.
Point, Todd Fiddler, Torrin White and Tanner Eberle scored shootout goals for the Warriors, while Hansen, Klimchuk, Stevenson, Chandler Stephenson and Connor Gay scored shootout goals for the Pats.
Paulic finished with 29 saves, while Dawson MacAuley made 34 saves for the Pats.