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Pats drop 4-3 decision to Medicine Hat

Parade to the penalty box proves costly
Reported by Joel Gasson
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The Regina Pats failed in their attempt to build of a win on the weekend, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday evening.

The Pats got off to the right start, when Carson Samoridny gave Regina a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest. However, the Tigers would come back just a few minutes later and tie the game at one as Elgin Pearce beat Matt Hewitt when both teams had a player in the box. The Tigers would take the lead before the period was out, as Boston Leier made it 2-1.

There was no scoring the middle frame, but plenty of penalties...the Pats would take four of their nine penalties on the evening in the middle frame, after taking four in the first period as well. Needless to say head coach Pat Conacher was not pleased with his team's discipline, but he was even more upset with the types of penalties they were taking.

"If it was a penalty, like a tough penalty, where you're taking the player, I can live with that," he said. "The hooking, holding, tripping, the penalties we were taking, the interference , they come back to haunt you."

Even though the Tigers went to the powerplay eight times, they did only manage to score once with the extra man, as the Pats penalty kill did come to play Tuesday evening.

The flood gates opened in the third period, as the Tigers would take a 3-1 lead just over three minutes into the period. However, before the period was even five minutes old the Pats had tied it up thanks goals from Marc McCoy and Morgan Klimchuk. While Conacher liked the fight his team showed...he didn't like what happened just a few minutes later.

"They get the puck a turn over 200 feet from our net, and a guy walks through virtually four players," said Conacher about Jacob Doty's go ahead and eventual game winning goal.

The loss leaves the Pats 13 points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the eastern conference, and Conacher admits they know they need a lot of help to get back in it now.

"I'm responsible for it, the whole thing," he said. "We had an opportunity coming out of Christmas with the way the schedule was set up. We haven't got the job done."

4,187 took in the game Tuesday night; Pats are back in action Friday night at the Brandt Centre hosting the Swift Current Broncos.