Colby Williams scored in the ninth round of the shootout to give the Regina Pats a 5-4 win over the Calgary Hitmen Saturday night at Brandt Centre.
Calgary erased a 4-2 third period deficit to force overtime getting goals from Brady Brassart and Jake Virtanen. Virtanen’s was his team leading 40th of the season and tied the game with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation.
Brassart also had an assist to extend his career high point scoring streak to 13 games.
Connor Rankin and Adam Tambellini had the other Calgary goals as the Hitmen outshot the Pats 49-31.
Calgary Flames first round pick Morgan Klimchuk scored twice for Regina while Dyson Stevenson and Dmitry Sinitsyn added singles.
The loss snapped Calgary’s season high nine game winning streak, but the Hitmen now have points in 10 straight games going 9-0-0-1.
The Calgary point, coupled with an Oil Kings 5-1 home ice loss to Vancouver, moves the Hitmen one point ahead of the Oil Kings for first place in the WHL's Eastern Conference.
Calgary, 41-15-3-4, returns home to host the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, February 28th. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome in the eighth annual Lunar Celebration presented by Nexen, a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited. During the Lunar Celebration, fans will be entertained by a dragon and lion dance, and post-game fireworks.
Individual game tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Scotiabank Saddledome box office. Order online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. For more ticket information, call customer service at 403-777-4646 or visit www.hitmenhockey.com.
Pats Goalie Daniel Wapple - Photo Credit: Regina Pats
Calgary Hitmen 4 at Regina Pats 5 (SO)
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Brandt Centre - Regina, SK
Calgary 1 1 2 0 - 4
Regina 3 1 0 0 - 5
1, Regina, Klimchuk 24 3:53 (SH).
2, Calgary, Rankin 18 (Roach, Harmsworth), 5:11 (PP).
3, Regina, Stevenson 29 (Williams, Klimchuk), 6:52.
4, Regina, Sinitsyn 6 (Stephenson, Williams), 19:58 (PP).
Penalties-Brassart Cal (roughing), 2:13; Stevenson Reg (roughing), 2:13; Christoffer Reg (high sticking), 3:17; Peterson Cal (delay of game), 7:17; Williams Reg (slashing), 13:28; Zgraggen Reg (tripping), 16:53; Rissling Cal (major-fighting), 18:02; Burroughs Reg (major-fighting), 18:02; Sanheim Cal (hooking), 18:40.
5, Calgary, Tambellini 15 (Brassart), 10:20 (PP).
6, Regina, Klimchuk 25 (Stephenson), 13:55 (PP).
Penalties-Zgraggen Reg (tripping), 0:31; Peterson Cal (holding), 3:25; McVeigh Reg (hooking), 7:46; Williams Reg (roughing), 9:27; Rissling Cal (interference), 12:58.
7, Calgary, Brassart 31 (Chase, Helgesen), 4:27.
8, Calgary, Virtanen 40 (Helgesen, Sanheim), 13:23 (PP).
Penalties-Thomas Cal (tripping), 1:48; Hansen Reg (checking from behind), 4:49; Burroughs Reg (cross checking), 11:58.
Calgary 1 (Tambellini NG, Padakin NG, Chase NG, Virtanen NG, Brassart NG, Rankin NG, Lang NG, Rissling G, Thomas NG),
Regina 2 (Klimchuk NG, Stevenson NG, Stephenson NG, Gay NG, Kammerer NG, Sinitsyn NG, Hansen NG, McVeigh G, Williams G).
Shots on Goal
Calgary 14-9-22-4-0-49. Regina 13-10-5-2-1-31.
Power Play Opportunities
Calgary 3 / 8; Regina 2 / 5.
Calgary, Driedger 22-13-3-4 (30 shots-26 saves). Regina, Wapple 23-12-1-1 (49 shots-45 saves).
Referees-Adam Byblow (23), Mike Campbell (89).
Linesmen-Curtis Funk (117), Ryan Lundquist (106).