The Pats weren’t able to win four-in-a-row after a lacklustre effort against the Kootenay Ice Friday night.
Kootney was in the midst of a five-game losing streak heading into Regina and according to head coach John Paddock the Pats didn’t play at the effort level needed to win.
“I said during our meeting at 5:30 that they’re a desperate team, they lost five in a row, Red Deer’s creeping up on them (for a playoffs spot) and you got to match that.”
“A lot of guys didn’t have the urgency that’s needed,” Paddock added.
It was bad for the Pats from the start with Alex Baer opening the scoring just 46 seconds into the first period.
The Pats wouldn’t respond until the second when Nick Henry tied things up early, but it didn’t last long.
The Ice stormed back into the game with three goals from Colton Kroeker, Sebastian Streu and Dallas Hines to give the team a solid 4-1 lead heading into the third.
The Pats applied more pressure in the third period, gaining one goal back courtesy of Matt Bradley, but it wasn’t enough to win or to fill Paddock with any confidence over the team’s play.
“I don’t really think much of it,” he said, adding the Pats can’t take wins against teams like Kootenay (24-28-3) for granted.
“(It’s) a little bit natural,” Paddock admitted. “But it’s wrong it’s just so wrong so it’s not something you can accept at all.”
The Pats are next in action Saturday night against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.