REGINA, Sask. - The Regina Pats put an end to the Calgary Hitmen's best start in team history with a 3-2 win Sunday in Western Hockey League action.
Though both teams were playing their third game in as many nights, Regina out-worked Calgary to raise its record to (3-2-0-0) and serve the Hitmen (5-1-0-0) their first loss of the season.
Czech Rudolf Cerveny, the Pats first-round pick from the 2007 CHL import draft, got things going at 7:41 of the first period after sliding his first WHL goal under Calgary goalkeeper Dan Spence.
Regina added two more goals in the second period, one on a power play from Tim Kraus at 9:55 and the other from Regina captain Logan Pyett at 15:23.
At the end of the second, with Regina leading 3-0 and outshooting Calgary 17-11, the Pats seemed to have everything under control.
But by the midway point of the third period Calgary was right back in it after two quick goals from Brett Sonne and Ian Schultz.
Calgary kept up the charge, ringing two shots off the post and showing Regina goalie Linden Rowat more action than he had seen in the previous two periods combined.
At 1:49 in the final period, the Hitmen were given their chance to force an overtime period after Regina's Nick Ross was called with interference.
With seconds on the clock, their goalie pulled, and six men on the ice against Regina's four, Calgary's Karl Azner snuck a slapshot past Rowat but not his crossbar, drawing a loud sigh of relief from the 3,955 in attendance. Rowatt and his goalposts made 23 saves for the victory.