REGINA - Stefan Elliot, Gaelan Patterson and Walker Wintoneak each scored twice as the Saskatoon Blades embarrassed the rival Regina Pats 8-1 Tuesday in Western Hockey League action
The rout gave the Blades (9-4-0-0) their eighth straight win.
It was Saskatoon goalie Braden Holtby's seventh win in a row, and he almost did it with a shutout but Regina (6-5-1-2) managed to break his bid with a late third period goal.
Saskatoon defenceman Elliot got things started for the Blades while on the power play three minutes into the game. After taking feeds from Derek Hulak and Burke Gallimore, Elliot faked a shot from the point, walked around Regina's Jordan Eberle then buried a low wrist shot from the slot for his fourth goal of the year.
Saskatoon went ahead 2-0 at the midway mark of the period after another nice play, this time care of rookie Josh Nicholls. After blocking a point shot from Regina captain Victor Bartley, Nicholls had a breakaway from his own blue-line before beating Regina goalie Jeff Bosch for his second of the season.
Saskatoon effectively finished Regina off after erupting for five goals in the second. Wintoneak, with two, Travis Toomey, Patterson, and Elliot, with his second power play marker of the night, all scored in the second.
Many of the 4,322 in attendance left before the third period began, but all they missed was one more goal by Patterson and Regina's shut-out breaker by Michael MacAngus, his third of the year.
Several of Holtby's 34 saves were sensational en route to the win while Regina starter Bosch (1-5-0-1) allowed three goals on 13 shots and replacement Damien Ketlo let in five on 24 shots.