Pats score six unanswered goals to beat Warriors

Matthew Gourlie
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Tribe only manage 14 shots in loss to rivals

REGINA — The Moose Jaw Warriors were looking to put together three good periods Saturday.

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Instead, they failed to put together one quality period as the Regina Pats dominated en route to a 6-1 win in Western Hockey League action at the Brandt Centre.

“I wasn’t really happy with our push-back. We seemed to be on the receiving end of a lot of things and weren’t really delivering a whole lot — and that includes shots, pucks to the net or physical play,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers.

Bryson Gore scored on the Warriors’ first shot of the game as he wired a shot past Regina rookie goalie Nick Schneider. It was Schneider’s second career start and he looked shaky, but the Warriors failed to test him with any frequency.

“He looked like he might be fighting it a little bit. That’s when you need to put more pucks on net and not give him a chance to settle in,” said Stothers.

They only managed seven shots in the first 30 minutes of the game and generated scant scoring chances as the Pats scored six unanswered goals. The Warriors were out-shot 35-14 and didn’t get a shot on goal in the final 17 minutes of the game.

“Out of the 14 shots, I think Sam (Fioretti) had three or four,” said Stothers. “If you want to play and get extra ice time in the absence of other people you have to create things and make things happen and take advantage of your opportunity.”

The Pats played well in front of Schneider and their speed and tenacity on the forecheck caused the Warriors problems.

“Their D are active. They pinch down on the walls. They’re quick on pucks; they’re hard on pucks. They’re an aggressive team,” said Stothers. “You don’t have a whole lot of time time to make a play and you have to know what you’re going to do with the puck before you get there. You have to know your supporting cast is going to be there and available for the outlet.”

Brayden Point hit the post from a foot out and Dallas Valentine struck the same post with a point shot as the Warriors came closest to scoring again in the first period.

The Pats broke a 1-1 deadlock 17 seconds into the second period when Braden Christoffer was allowed to drive to the net and beat Warriors goalie Zach Sawchenko. Another defensive breakdown led to Dyson Stevenson scoring his 15th goal of the season. Stevenson was all alone at the side of the net on the power play to convert an easy tap in.

Late in the middle frame Boston Leier was given a clear lane to the net and took it before beating Sawchenko to give the Pats a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

“We gave them too many great chances,” said Warriors defenceman Jesse Forsberg. “We weren’t good enough (this weekend). We left both of our goalies out to dry. We need to be better.

“I thought (Sawchenko) came in and played really well for us. We just didn’t do enough of the right things.”

After blowing a four-goal lead in the third period Friday night against Prince Albert, the Pats didn’t take their foot off of the gas in the third.

“It’s not the score, it’s how we played the game tonight. We stuck to our game plan and our structure for 60 minutes. We stuck together as a team and we battled for each other. We showed some character,” said Pats head coach Malcolm Cameron. “Our leaders came ready to play. They were emotionally involved in the game. They were holding guys accountable on the bench.”

Christoffer and Leier both scored their second goal of the game in the third period. Dryden Hunt had the other Pats goal.

Leier had five points and Christoffer finished with four points.

The Pats finished 2-for-7 on the power play. The Warriors were 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

The game featured four fights and the teams combined for 161 minutes in penalties.

The Pats clinched the season series against the Warriors with their fifth win. The Warriors have one point in those five games with three meetings remaining.

The Warriors were without forwards Tanner Eberle and Josh Uhrich after both received game misconducts in Friday’s 8-4 loss to Brandon. Uhrich served his one-game suspension for a slough-foot in his fight with Brandon’s Jesse Gabrielle. Eberle got two games for his checking to the head major.

Brandon Potomak (shoulder), Jack Rodewald (jaw) and Brandon Del Grosso (upper body) were also scratched.

The Pats were missing Morgan Klimchuk who was injured in Team WHL’s 4-2 win over the Russians in Thursday’s conclusion of the Subway Super Series.


Organizations: Western Hockey League, Brandt Centre, Prince Albert Subway Super Series

Geographic location: Brandon

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