Pats too strong

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

The Regina Pats are like a lion who stalks its prey it's vulnerable and when the time is right they pounced.

The Pats clawed back to tie the game three times against the Edmonton Oil Kings and finally took their one and only lead in the game late in the third period to pace the Pats to a 6-3 win last night in front of 4,698 fans at Rexall Place.

Matt Delhaney's second career Western Hockey League at the 13:48 mark proved to be the winner. The Pats struggled through the first period but continued to get stronger.

One thing they were able to do was get traffic in front of Oil Kings goaltender Dalyn Flette who had trouble seeing the puck on three of the Pats goals all due to the traffic.

The way the game started, it looked like neither team was interested in scoring goals. It took 8:46 for either team to earn a shot on goal. Robin Figren finally broke the long drought and he scored on the game's first shot of the game.

Pats forward Jared Jakow tied the game at 1-1 on just the Pats second shot of the game at the 9:29 mark of the first. Jakow was left alone in the slot and he beat Flette with a hard wrist shot.

It took a long time for the game's first shot, but the Oil Kings started firing a fury of shots. as they ripped 15 shots at Pats goaltender Linden Rowat.

Figren chipped in on the Oil Kings second goal when he skated hard down the left wing and undressed the highly touted Pats defenceman Colten Teubert. He lost control of the puck but it went right on the stick of Vincour who sneaked it through the legs of Rowat for a 2-1 lead.

Regina tied it at 2-2 with a power play marker at 2:25 of the second period. Matt Strueby took some punishment in front of the net and tipped in a Juraj Valach blast from the point. Troy Ofukany almost gave the Pats a 3-2 lead on a three on two break, but was robbed by a nice glove save from Flette.

Flette wasn't tested much through the first, but he made another tough save off a Pyett point shot. Tim Kraus was in great position for the rebound, but Flette came up with a nice save off the rebound after Flette looked down and out.

The Oil Kings took a 3-2 lead when Matt Swaby scored his first goal of the season. The Oil Kings line of Figren, Brett Breitkreuz and Braeden Adamyk worked hard on the fore check and the puck squirted out into the slot and Swaby followed up on his own rebound to bang it past Rowat 1:08 into the third period.

Jeff Lee almost scored his first WHL goal early in the third period when he was sprung on his second breakaway of the game.

His shot went off both posts, but somehow stayed out to keep it a one goal game. It was a tough night for Lee, he was dangerous all night, but couldn't find the back of the net.

That disallowed goal seemed to spark the Pats who took control the rest of the third period.

The Pats clawed back into the game with their second power play goal. Valach's point shot found a seam through traffic to tie the game at 3-3 at the 5:51 mark of the third.

Valach Jordan Eberle finished off the scoring for the Pats.

Rowat (15-9-0-1) made 27 saves in the victory, while Flette (3-5-2) made 20 saves in the loss.


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