The Kootenay Ice got their first taste of being on the other side of a shutout this year, as the Pats skated away with a 3-0 win Wednesday night at Western Financial Place.
Pats’ sniper Lane Scheidl scored two goals, while Colten Mayor added his fourth of the season to the scoresheet.
Tegan Sacher, who manned the crease for Regina, made 28 saves, while Mackenzie Skapski stopped 17 shots for Kootenay.
The win snaps a two-game losing streak for Regina, while adding a third loss in a row for the Ice.
“It’s nice to get the win,” said Adam Rossignol, a Pats forward and former Ice product. “We’ve had a lot of travel the last couple days so coming into Cranbrook, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game but I thought we came out and played a good 60 [minutes].”
And coming back to his old barn is always nice, even if he’s wearing a different jersey.
“I got a lot of great memories here and some good buddies on the other team there,” Rossignol continued. “It’s always cool to come back and see them.”
Scheidl’s first period goal was the only power play marker in three opportunities for Regina, while Kootenay failed to covert on all three of theirs.
The first period started off with some rough stuff as Joey Leach ad Dyson Stevenson got tangled up in the corner and threw down the gloves.
Seven minutes later, Spencer Wand and Trent Ouellette got into it in front of the Regina bench. Wand dropped the gloves to fight, but Ouellette tried to weather the hail of fists.
The end result was a five-minute major for the Ice defenceman and a two-minute minor for Ouellette, which gave the Pats a 3-minute power play.
Regina capitalized on that power play, when Scheidl split the Kootenay defence while entering the zone and sneaked a backhand past Skapski.
Sacher went down after taking a shot from Erik Benoit off the throat, but the young net minder got up after talking for a few minutes with the trainer and resumed his duties in the crease.
The Pats scored again early in the second when Colten Mayor roofed a shot over Skapski, who was sprawled in the crease from making a previous save.
Scheidl got his second of the game off an odd-man rush, snapping a shot into the net with three minutes to go in the frame.
Although the Ice made some great individual efforts throughout the game, Kootenay couldn’t get past a Regina defence that was shutting everything down.
Rossignol’s journey to the Pats was a strange experience for him.
The former Ice forward was sent to the Swift Current Broncos near the January 10th trade deadline last season in a straight-up deal for current Ice defenceman Tanner Muth. Rossignol played the remainder of the season with the Broncos, but the club released him during training camp in September.
However, it wasn’t long till the Pats came knocking.
“That was kind of a shocker there, what happened there in the beginning of the year,” said Rossignol, “but I was really thankful that Regina gave me the chance and it’s going well so far.
“I think we got bright things coming for us this year so I’m looking forward to it.”
Regina head coach Pat Conacher has got him all over his lineup, including speciality teams, as Rossignol feels he’s a versatile player.
“I kill some penalties, I’m on the power play, I play all three forward positions now, so wherever Pat needs me, I’ll play for him.”