Winnipeg Ice flexes its may in 5-2 win over Regina Pats

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The Winnipeg Ice assembled a 4-0 lead en route to defeating the host Regina Pats 5-2 in WHL action at the Brandt Centre on Friday.

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The CHL’s top-ranked team improved its record to 5-0-0-0, while Regina fell to 3-4-0-0.

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Aiden Oiring scored in the first period for Winnipeg. Owen Pederson and Ben Zloty tallied in the second frame. Connor McClennon sniped 44 seconds into the third period to give the Ice a 4-0 advantage.

Regina responded with back-to-back goals by Jaxsin Vaughan (at 2:44 of the final frame) and Connor Bedard (4:46) to reduce the Ice’s lead to 4-2.

Ty Nash’s empty-net goal concluded the scoring before 3,020 spectators at the Brandt Centre.

Pats goalie Matthew Kieper made 30 saves. The Ice’s Daniel Hauser stopped 21 shots, including nine by Bedard, en route to being named the first star.

Bedard’s goal, his sixth of the season, extended his point-scoring streak to six games. He has six goals and a league-high 12 points in seven games this season.

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The Pats are to return to action Saturday against the 2-3-0-0 Swift Current Broncos (7 p.m., Brandt Centre).

Swift Current is coming off Friday’s 5-4 overtime victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders (2-3-2-0).

Kayden Sadhra-Kang scored the winner 4:09 of sudden-death play.

Swift Current led 4-2 before ex-Pat Sloan Stanick and Keaton Sorensen scored early in the third period.

Josh Filmon, the game’s first star, led the Broncos with one goal and two assists. Connor Hvidston and Raphael Pelletier also scored for the Broncos. Stanick led the Raiders with two goals.

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