Sacher Shines Again as Pats Upset Blazers

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November 22, 2012, Kamloops, BC – Regina Pats (11-12-1-2) goaltender Teagan Sacher was the story of the game making 40 saves to help the Pats beat the Kamloops Blazers (19-5-1-1) 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday night.

Lane Scheidl scored the Pats two goals as Tim Bozon tallied the Blazers lone goal. The Blazers outshot the Pats 41-13 in the game.

Charles Inglis made his debut for the Blazers on a line with Brendan Ranford and Cole Ully. The trio dazzled early on creating some great chances but were turned aside by goaltender Teagan Sacher. Old style hockey was back as there was little room to manuever tonight with chances hard to come by. Overall, the Blazers outshot the Pats 13-3 in the period but the game was scoreless.

The second period was similar to the first period with very little room on the ice tonight. Again, the Blazers had their chances but couldn’t score as forward Chase Souto had a breakaway but missed the net. The Blazers got their power play going in the period, but again couldn’t score as the Pats defended well all night making it tough on the Blazers.

The Pats Tegan Sacher was stellar here last week in a win over the Victoria Royals and he was at it again, leading Regina to a 2-1 win over Kamloops on Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports NEws)
The Pats Tegan Sacher was stellar here last week in a win over the Victoria Royals and he was at it again, leading Regina to a 2-1 win over Kamloops on Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports NEws)

The Blazers finally got on the scoreboard in the third period. Tim Bozon’s shot in the late stages of a power play floated over the shoulder of Sacher to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead 6:25 into the period. Sacher continued to keep the Pats in this one, especially in the third period making save after save. The Pats were awarded a power play and made the Blazers pay at 11:25 of the period. Lane Scheidl found a loose puck and jammed home a goal to tie the game up at 1-1. For the second straight game, Colin Smith was jumped by an opposing player in the dying minutes of the game which gave the Blazers a power play with 1:24 to go. JC Lipon had the best Blazer chance but was turned aside by Sacher.

In overtime, the Blazers again could not convert with 36 seconds left on the power play. Lane Scheidl got a break as two Blazers collided and he took the puck and wired a shot off the post and in to lift the Pats to the improbable victory in overtime.

Teagan Sacher was the first star for the Pats stopping 40 of 41 shots. Taran Kozun got his first home start of the year and turned aside 11 of 13 shots in the overtime loss.

The Blazers finished the game 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Pats were 1-for-4.

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