The Regina Pats scored and scored and scored – and then they scored a few more.
By the end of the game it seemed like the Pats were in a whole different league from the Ice, finishing the game with a score of 10 to 2.
“We just kept going, didn’t slow down the pace at all,” forward Filip Ahl said post-game. Ahl notched two goals and had one assist in the effort against Kootenay. He was also game’s first star.
“I think we created a lot of chances there out in the beginning … I think our line did really good work today.”
Ahl wasn’t the only player to score a pair of goals though, Nick Henry and Sam Steel each notched two of their own, while Jake Leschyshyn, Luc Smith, Riley Bruce and Connor Hobbs also added to the score. Adam Brooks and Dawson Leedahl topped the team in assists with three each.
Head coach John Paddock said he was impressed with the effort his players put in, not easing up even when they went ahead by more goals than you can count on one hand.
“It’s hard to play in those kind of games and play at a high intensity and do the right things but for the most part I think we did the right things all the time and that’s … encouraging,” he said.
The win comes after the Pats were ranked first in the CHL Wednesday afternoon. Steel said it gave the team a little extra something to prove.
“I think it was a really big game for us to step up and show that we deserved that spot,” Steel said.
With the Pats cruising like there are – Wednesday night made it seven straight wins – Paddock said the coaches work hard to make sure it doesn’t go to the players heads.
“I believe (that) despite the score tonight we’re only doing what we’re supposed to do,” Paddock said. “If you’re a good team you’re supposed to win at home. We haven’t done a lot more than we’re supposed to do.”
But he also had to tip his hat to them.
“As a coach I think you’re always saying play through, play from start to finish no matter what the game is. That’s one of the really good things about our guys tonight; they did play from start to finish.”