REGINA – The keys to the game were, in no particular order, score first; stay out of the penalty box and score on the power play.
Check, check and check for the Saskatoon Blades Wednesday night, something not a lot of people would’ve expected after being punished 7-3 back on Saturday in the same building by the same opponent!
However, Libor Hajek opened the scoring, Seth Bafaro’s first Western Hockey League goal came on the power play and the Bridge City Bunch killed off the only two Regina man advantages on the way to a 6-4 triumph.
This was an evening of two entirely different games within the 60 minutes. The first period was a track meet with the Blades leading 4-3 and only 22 shots on goal in total. But, the final two stanzas were much more defensive-minded.
“It was definitely the start that we wanted,” said Saskatoon forward Braylon Shmyr, who had a goal and three assists. “I thought it built into the second and showed going into the third as well.
“We kind of stayed composed. We had the lead and we had to play good offence, but more importantly good defence. That was our mind-set going into the second and third and I thought we did well.”
Shmyr’s line mates also had big nights as Cam Hebig scored twice and added two assists while Brad Goethals notched, what turned out to be, the game-winning goal and chipped in a helper in his first game playing right wing with the two overagers. In total, the trio posted 10 scoring points.
Ryan Kubic returned from a two-game injury absence to stop 27 of 31 shots for the goaltending victory. The now 2-4-0 Bridge City Bunch chased Pats’ starter Max Paddock with five goals on 14 shots in the first 25:03 after Paddock had made 18 saves for the victory back on Saturday. The loss dropped Regina to 3-4-1 for the season.
The Blades next action is Friday in Medicine Hat. Following is the official game summary from the W-H-L...
Saskatoon Blades 6 at Regina Pats 4 - Status: Final Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Brandt Centre - Regina, SK