Leader-Post article (Redemption for Pats)December 10 2011 at 10:14 AM
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Redemption for Pats
By Greg Harder, Leader-Post
December 10, 2011
The curse of the Crushed Can has been lifted.
The Regina Pats snapped a 10-game losing streak in Moose Jaw on Friday night with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the East Division-leading Warriors before 4,289 fans at Mosaic Place.
Two of those 10 losses came earlier this season in Moose Jaw's new $60-million facility - both by a 3-2 score - while the others were spread over the previous two seasons at the old Civic Centre, which had been a house of horrors for Regina over the years.
Lane Scheidl ended the skid in dramatic fashion Friday when he scored with 2: 03 left in overtime, completing the comeback from a 2-0 third-period deficit. With the win, the Pats earned a measure of redemption after their last visit to Moose Jaw when they erased a 2-0 deficit, but lost in overtime when Dyson Stevenson accidentally kicked the puck into his own net.
"It's huge (to get the victory)," Scheidl said outside a jubilant Pats dressing room. "It's the second time we came back in this building. First win against them. I'm sure we can build off it. Next time we know we can do it coming into this building."
The Pats managed to keep it a low-scoring game despite having to kill off four power plays in the first period. Three of them came early in the frame, but it was the Pats who ended up with the best scoring chance when Trent Ouellette was robbed by Siemens on a short-handed 2-on-1.
Undaunted, the home team capitalized on an ensuing four-on-four situation that produced a fortuitous give-and-go between Eric Arnold and Kendall McFaull. The Warriors' captain took a lead pass from Arnold and sliced his way to the net before losing the handle. The puck's momentum carried it across the front of the net and right onto the stick of Arnold, who had all night to flip the switch on Teddy Bear Toss Night by scoring into an open net.
After a brief intermission to clear the ice, Moose Jaw nearly made it 2-0 on a breakaway for Kenton Miller, but he was robbed by the outstretched right pad of Matt Hewitt to keep it a onegoal game after 20 minutes.
The Pats carried the play for a good portion of the second period but couldn't beat Siemens, who saved his best for Colton Jobke on a blast from the shallow point as well as a 3-on-1 break that ended with Andrew Rieder having his shot deflected away after a juicy rebound. The Warriors finally gave their goalie some muchneeded breathing room with 5: 10 left in the frame when Sam Fioretti's centering attempt hit the stick of defenceman Jobke and went right to Torrin White, who scooped it past Hewitt for a 2-0 lead.
Chandler Stephenson got the Pats on the board 3: 18 into the third period, burying a 2-on-1 feed from Jordan Weal to break Siemens' shutout bid with the 21st shot of the night. Pats rookie Dryden Hunt had a great chance to tie it up less than two minutes later, but Siemens' made a great glove save on a point-blank chance that came right off the faceoff.
Moose Jaw's Quinton Howden had a chance to ice it on a breakaway with 3: 46 left but he was checked off the puck by Artem Bidlevskii, who didn't receive a penalty despite the Warriors' objections. Regina tied it up 47 seconds later when Ricard Blidstrand's point shot found eyes through heavy traffic and beat Siemens.
Regina completed the comeback with 2: 03 left in overtime. Weal won the faceoff right to Scheidl, who "closes his eyes as little bit" before he ripped a high wrist shot past the glove of Siemens.
"We were a much more determined group (than past meetings)," said Pats head coach Pat Conacher, whose team outshot Moose Jaw 31-24. "The game that we played in here and got a point (for the OT loss), we weren't quite there. Then they beat us back home and I didn't think we were as good there. Tonight the guys really had a great effort."
The Warriors didn't.
"We have to be able to close out games," lamented McFaull. "We didn't really come to play in the third and they came out really hard, outworked us, won all the puck battles and that's why they got the win.
"We've had some really tough battles against them (this season). We're both competitive teams. The rivalry is still lving."
EXTRAS: Late in the second period, Stevenson dropped his gloves with Moose Jaw's Tanner Eberle, who was suspended after the teams' last meeting for a "one-man fight" against Weal. Stevenson also fought Cody Beach early in the middle frame, the second of three scraps on the night . . . The Pats were without D Brandon Underwood (foot) for the second straight game. The Warriors were missing D Morgan Rielly (knee) and F Justin Kirsch (arm) . . . Regina concludes a four-game East Division road swing tonight against the Saskatoon Blades before returning home Sunday to face the Kamloops Blazers.
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