Le­gion­naires push Regina Pat Cana­di­ans to over­time

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Josh Stang scored a powerplay goal for a 1-0 Swift Cur­rent lead af­ter one pe­riod and Cody Spa­grud scored to make it 2-0 5:37 into the mid­dle stanza.

Rhett Kingston scored for Notre Dame and then An­gus Scott scored while short­handed to make it 2-2 af­ter two pe­ri­ods. Egor Popov scored the game win­ner with 3:57 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion and Jeff Fasegha added an empty net goal for the 4-2 fi­nal.

Shane Blomquist suf­fered the loss with 26 saves, while Clarke Flegel earned the win with 16 saves.

Evan Arm­strong, Bryce Hall, and Keenan Lugt picked up as­sists for the Le­gion­naires.

Thurs­day, the Le­gion­naires took the Regina Pat Cana­di­ans to over­time be­fore los­ing 3-2 when Michael Eskra scored with 2:14 left in the ex­tra pe­riod.

The Le­gion­naires fell be­hind 1-0 in the first pe­riod af­ter al­low­ing a short­handed goal to Regina’s Adam Ed­mands.

They re­sponded in the sec­ond pe­riod with powerplay goals from Evan Arm­strong and Con­nor Odelein to lead 2-0 af­ter two pe­ri­ods. Bryce Hall as­sisted on both goals and Brody Doep­ker and Carter Do­erk­sen added a sin­gle as­sist.

The Le­gion­naires out­shot Regina 19-4 in the third pe­riod but Co­hen Yano tied the game 3:41 into the fi­nal frame to force over­time.

The Le­gion­naires fin­ished two-for-eight on the man-ad­van­tage and held Regina with­out a goal on their two powerplay op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Cameron Pate­man earned the win for Regina with 38 saves on 40 shots.

“The first pe­riod we came out and the bat­tle level was pretty high,” said as­sis­tant coach Scott Cas­sidy. “We were ready to com­pete tonight with Regina. We took over in the sec­ond and third pe­ri­ods. We just did the shot cal­cu­la­tion and we had 35-18 shots and it ended 40-29.”

He said it was an im­proved per­for­mance from their re­cent play.

“The team played bet­ter tonight than we have in the last few games. It just comes down to be­ing ready to play for 60 min­utes. It is not overly com­pli­cated. We go out and okay a sim­ple game of hockey and force the other team to make mis­takes. Tonight we did that for the most part and just didn’t get re­warded in the end.”

The Le­gion­naires re­ally turned it on in the sec­ond and third pe­ri­ods.

“Again it was just keep­ing it sim­ple right. It starts with just get­ting the puck in their end, get­ting it deep, and forc­ing their D-men to make a mis­take. Then once we had it in their end I thought we cy­cled the puck re­ally well. We had that four­minute powerplay and then another powerplay that re­ally helped with our time of at­tack in their zone. Our puck move­ment was good and the boys were in the right po­si­tions.

The goals that we scored, they weren’t the pret­ti­est, but they were nice with boys go­ing to the net and good hockey goals, so we are happy with that.”

Cas­sidy said it was dis­ap­point­ing to al­low the over­time win­ner.

“Yeah it is another heart­breaker for us, but char­ac­ter for our team to show that we can put up a fight with one of the bet­ter teams in the league for 65 min­utes of hockey. That’s the thing with sud­den death over­time is it is go­ing to go ei­ther way.

“We killed that penalty off, we started a man down and went from there. It just wasn’t our night tonight in the end.”

Shane Blomquist took the over­time loss with 30 saves. The Odessa na­tive has ap­peared in 23 of the team’s 24 games so far this sea­son.

“He didn’t do any­thing overly spe­cial tonight. He just made the saves and that is what you ask your goal­tender to do.

“He has been a rock for us in the net for I think this is 23-24 games in a row. We are re­ally happy with his per­for­mance tonight,” said Cas­sidy.

The Le­gion­naires im­proved their record to 6-152-1 in the over­time loss. They will be on the road this weekend to visit the Prince Al­bert Min­tos (14-64-0) on Satur­day and the Beardy’s Black­hawks (4-141-1) on Sun­day.

They will play their fi­nal game of 2013 on De­cem­ber 19 when they visit the Moose Jaw Gen­er­als (13-63-0).

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