REGINA - Dustin Sylvester's shootout goal secured a 4-3 win for the Kootenay Ice over the Regina Pats in the WHL Saturday night.
Regina's Jordan Eberle made good on his shootout attempt, as did Kootenay's Steve DaSilva. But that was all Regina's shooters could muster, allowing Sylvester to seal the deal for the Ice (17-10-3-0).
Near the end of the first period, Regina (19-11-0-1) was up 2-0 thanks to goals from Kirt Hill and Brett Leffler. But a lack of discipline lead to a lot of penalty trouble and Regina let the game slip away.
Things started to fall apart at the 15:20 mark of the first when Regina's Nick Ross was sent to the box for slashing. On the ensuing penalty kill, Pats defenceman Curtis Kulchar's clearing attempt landed in Regina's bench, earning him a delay of game penalty and giving Kootenay a two-man advantage.
Neither Kulchar nor the Regina bench was happy with the call and, 15 seconds later, both were even more ticked off when Andrew Bailey scored a power play goal to get Kootenay on the board.
Still angry about the call, the Regina bench continued giving the referee an earful, resulting in a bench minor and another five-on-three for Kootenay. The Pats killed off the second two-man disadvantage.
Kootenay started the second right where they left off and tied the game up when Sylvester redirected a shot from the point for his 14th goal of the year. The score remained tied 2-2 after 40 minutes.
Kootenay then scored their third straight goal of the game at the 5:44 mark of the third, again on the power play, this time care of Chad Greenan. The go-ahead goal was Greenan's fifth of the year.
Regina answered back with a power play goal of their own at the 6:31 mark, the second of the night for Leffler and his sixth on the year.
It looked like things might go Regina's way when Sylvester was called for holding at the 17:16 mark and his bench was slapped with another minor for arguing the call.
But Regina was unable to capitalize despite a two-man advantage for the last 1:44 of regulation time and the first 16 seconds of overtime. And despite several good chances during in the remainder of the overtime period, Regina couldn't beat Kootenay goalie Kris Lazaruk, forcing a shootout.
Lazaruk made 38 saves for the win while Regina's Linden Rowat turned away 29 shots in the loss.