Regina came out with a good start to the game, similar to the first two games of the season. They were able to take a two to nothing lead into the first intermission, thanks to second star of the night Riley Krane. He opened the scoring by throwing a puck towards the net that went off Max Martin’s stick and got behind Boston Bilous. Later in the period Krane took a centering feed from Austin Pratt and promptly deposited it in the back of the net.
After the game Krane said “We had all week to prep for these guys that’s what our practices were all week. So we had tons of preparation going into this game, it just wasn’t executed”
The game shifted in the second period, Prince Albert was able to take the momentum back. Cole Nagy took a cross ice pass from Cole Fonstad on the power play and was able to deposit the puck in the open net for his first career goal. Then just 26 seconds later Evan Herman jumped on a loose puck to score his first WHL goal as well.
Regina head coach Dave Struch said “I think tonight, we were drained a little bit from the officiating.” He continued on with “I still think that, you know, something we can learn from going forward, because when things go though like that, a little bit of adversity we still have to come out with the same energy and play the game the right way.”
In the third period Aliaksei Protas and newly acquired Brayden Watts shone. Four minutes in Watts jumped on a rebound from Protas and was able to tap it into the yawning cage. At the twelve minute mark Watts was able to drop off the puck for Protas who got off a nice shot with Logan Nijhoff all over him. Watts finished the night with his second goal after Protas passed on the empty-net-goal.
Coach Struch praised the Raiders “They got some real skilled players without a question. Even their young guys are high end guys. They’re a hard team to play against and something we have to be prepared for every time we play against them.”
Danton Belluk made his first career WHL start. He had appeared in just two games prior to coming to Regina from Everett.
Coach Struch liked his game “I thought he did a great job.” “He should be really proud of the way he played tonight. He gave us a chance, so it’s good.”
Raiders goalie Boston Bilous made 23 saves on 25 shots tonight. He has not lost in regulation yet while sporting a 1.62 goals against average and 0.928 save percentage.
Prince Albert sophomore Ozzy Wiesblatt had three assists.
Aliaksei Protas had a game high 6 shots on next while winning 15 of 25 face offs.
The Raiders scored one power play goal on three chances. Regina was not awarded a power play in the game.
Regina Captain Austin Pratt had an assist to extend his season opening point streak to three games.
The Pats host the newly relocated Winnipeg Ice on Sunday.