Hitmen hang on to defeat visiting Pats

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

A late charge by the visiting Regina Pats came up short last night as the Calgary Hitmen held on for a 4-3 victory.

Regina (16-22-3) pulled within a goal with less than two minutes left in front of 8,845 fans at the Saddledome on centre Matt Strueby's second goal of the game, but that was as close as the WHL East Division cellar dwellers would come.

Forwards Ian Schultz and Tyler Fiddler led the Hitmen (27-10-2), each with a goal and an assist.

Chase Schaber opened the scoring for Calgary on the powerplay, potting one past Regina goalie Dawson Guhle 7:04 into the first period while Strueby sat in the penalty box on a hooking call.

The Pats evened up the score three minutes later on Craig Orfino's goal past Hitmen netminder Michael Snider.

Goals by Schultz and Kyle Aschim put the Hitmen ahead 3-1 at the end of the first.

Strueby put the Pats within one midway through the second frame while on the powerplay, but Fiddler's shorthanded marker early in the third period proved to be the winner.

Snider turned away 22 shots for the win, while Guhle stopped 21 pucks fired his way.

The Hitmen return to action Sunday when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Saddledome.


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