REGINA - Victor Bartley scored a late power-play goal in the third period to give the Regina Pats a 3-2 comeback victory over the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League Wednesday night.
The match-up was the first between the two teams since Regina traded Nick Ross and Spencer Fraipont to Kamloops for Bartley and Ryan Bender back in early January. While Ross and Fraipont had a quiet game, Bartley and Bender played lead roles in beating their former club.
Bender, who played his 300th game in the WHL Saturday night in Saskatoon, helped get things started for Regina (38-21-4-2) at 3:16 of the first when he set up Garrett Mitchell.
Kamloops answered right back a little under four minutes later when Kenton Dulle converted a pass from Brady Calla for his 18th of season.
The second period went without a goal despite eight power play opportunities for the Pats.
Six minutes into the third Regina was given an extended power play when Kamloops' Matt Wray was given two minor penalties, one for high sticking and one for goaltender interference. But Regina, owners of the fourth best power play in the league, not only failed to convert but gave up a short-handed goal to Kamloops Mark Hall.
Later in the same power play, after Kamloops (26-34-2-2) nearly scored another short-handed goal, Regina failed to get a shot on net during a three on one, bringing a round of boos from the 6,132 in attendance.
Regina then gave Kamloops another chance to put things away when Kenton Dulle was hauled down on a breakaway attempt and awarded a penalty shot at with 4:45 left in the period.
But Regina goalie Linden Rowat made a nice stop to turn Dulle away and keep his team alive.
At 17:13 of the third, Regina finally converted on the power play when Rudolf Cerveny banged in a bouncing puck to tie the game 2-2.
Bartley then finished off his old team with just over a minute left when he blasted a slapshot from the point past Kamloops goalie James Preistner.
In the end, Regina went 2-13 on the power play while Preistner with 41 shots. Rowat made 16 saves for the win.