The Regina Pats would be happy not to see the Prince Albert Raiders - or the shootout format - for a very long time.
Ryan McDonald scored the shootout winner to give the Raiders a 3-2 victory over the 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.
Elsewhere in the WHL on Saturday, it was: Calgary 3, Kootenay 2 (SO); Moose Jaw 5, Brandon 2; Swift Current 4, Saskatoon 3; Medicine Hat 6, Lethbridge 3; Red Deer 4, Edmonton 3 (OT); Prince George 3, Chilliwack 2 (OT); Kelowna 5, Kamloops 4; Vancouver 5, Portland 0; Spokane 4, Tri-City 0; and Everett 7, Seattle 3.
At Regina, 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.
Hitmen 3, Ice 2 (SO)
At Calgary, Carson McMillan scored in a shootout to lead the Hitmen past Kootenay.
McMillan and Bostjan Golicic scored in regulation for Calgary (3-2-0-0).
Ian Barteaux and Kevin King replied for the Ice (2-2-0-2).
Warriors 5, Wheat Kings 2
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Quinton Howden's first career Western Hockey League goal 18 seconds into the third period lifted the Warriors past Brandon.
Joel Broda scored two while Jason Bast and Neil Prokop had singles for Moose Jaw (3-2-0-0).
Scott Glennie and Paul Ciarelli countered for Brandon (2-2-0-0).
Broncos 4, Blades 3
At Saskatoon, Keegan Dansereau had a goal and two assists as Swift Current beat the Blades.
Matt Tassone, Eric Doyle and Dillon Wagner also scored for the Broncos (4-0-0-0).
Derek Hulak, Burke Gallimore and Travis Toomey answered for the Blades (1-3-0-0).
Tigers 6, Hurricanes 3
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Brennan Bosch scored the game winner 4:40 into the third period as the Tigers rallied past Lethbridge.
Jace Coyle, Taylor Gal, Travis Dunstall, Zdenek Okal and Josh Koper had singles for the Tigers (2-0-1-1).
Ben Wright, Colton Sceviour and Carter Ashton replied for the Hurricanes (3-1-0-0).
Rebels 4, Oil Kings 3 (OT)
At Red Deer, Alta., Landon Ferraro scored 51 seconds into overtime and added a pair of assists to lead the Rebels past Edmonton.
Tyler Penny, Cass Mappin and Cody Gross added goals for the Rebels (3-1-0-1).
Brenden Dowd, Clayton Cumiskey and Tomas Vincour scored for the Oil Kings (2-2-1-0).
Cougars 3, Bruins 2 (OT)
At Chilliwack, B.C., Brian Matte's goal 2:09 into overtime led Prince George past the Bruins.
Cameron Cepek and Marek Viedensky added second-period goals for the Cougars (3-1-0-0).
Chris Van Duynhoven and Brandon Manning countered for the Bruins (1-0-1-0).
Rockets 5, Blazers 4
At Kelowna, B.C., Colin Long scored two goals in the Rockets' win over Kamloops.
Evan Bloodoff, Kyle St. Denis and Lucas Bloodoff also scored for Kelowna (2-2-0-0).
Jimmy Bubnick had two goals while Brendan Ranford and Shayne Wiebe added singles for the Blazers (2-2-0-1).
Giants 5, Winter Hawks 0
At Portland, Ore., Jamie Tucker made 19 saves as Vancouver blanked the Winter Hawks.
Mike Piluso had two goals while Adam Basford, Brendan Gallagher and Lance Bouma added singles for the Giants (3-1-0-1).
Jordan White turned aside 30 shots in defeat for the Winter Hawks (1-3-0-0).
Chiefs 4, Americans 0
At Spokane, Wash., Dustin Tokarski's 31 saves propelled the Chiefs past Tri-City.
Mitch Wahl, Mike Reddington, Seth Compton and Levko Koper scored for Spokane (2-1-0-0).
Chet Pickard stopped 15 shots for the Americans (2-1-0-0).
Silvertips 7, Thunderbirds 3
At Everett, Wash., Daniel Bartek had a goal and two assists as the Silvertips routed Seattle.
Shane Harper, Markus McCrea, Shayne Brown, Tyler Maxwell, Paul Van de Velde and Graham Potuer also scored for Everett (2-1-1-0).
Prab Rai scored twice and Devon LeBlanc added a goal for Seattle (0-4-0-0).