REGINA - Ryan McDonald scored the shootout winner to give the Prince Albert Raiders a 3-2 victory over the Regina Pats in WHL action Saturday night.
The win is the Raiders' (3-2-0-0) second in as many nights against the Pats (0-3-0-2), now losers in a shootout in both their home games this season.
After a scoreless overtime, Regina's Jordan Eberle began the shootout with a dandy backhand goal that popped Prince Albert goaltender Garrett Zemlak's water bottle off his net. Justin Bernhardt, Prince Albert's first shooter, responded with a goal of his own. Regina captain Victor Bartley and Prince Albert's Matt Robertson also scored in the shootout but it was McDonald's goal that made it official.
Prince Albert's Brandon Herrod started the scoring 2:58 into the game when he jumped on a puck that bounced behind the Regina defenceman, then slid it under goalie Linden Rowat as the defenceman hauled him down.
The Raiders added to the lead 6:52 into the second after Justin Bernhardt forced a turnover in the Regina end to create a three-on-none against Rowat. The goaltender didn't have a chance as Bernhardt faked the shot and passed to James Dobrowolski, who redirected it in for his second goal of the year.
Regina finally got on the board 9:34 into the third when Matt Delahey banged in a loose puck after a scramble in front of Zemlak. The goal, Delahey's first of the season, wasn't pretty but it seemed to breathe some life into the Pats.
Regina tied the game 2-2 just over a minute before the final buzzer when Colten Teubert's slapshot from the point hit a leg in front and went through Zemlak's legs.
Zemlak earned the win with a sensational 39-save performance.
Rowat made 25 saves in defeat.