Devon Skoleski broke a 2-2 deadlock with an eighth round shootout winner as the Prince Albert Raiders hung on to beat the Regina Pats 3-2 at the Brandt Centre.
Friday’s game was a rough affair, with referees handing out a combined 147 minutes in penalties. Prince Albert killed off three of four Regina powerplays, including a 5-on-3 in the last minute of the third period.
Nikita Krivokrasov opened the scoring with his second of the pre-season, giving the Raiders a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the opening frame.
Justin Nachbaur extended the Raider lead midway through the second, when his shot beat Pats netminder Tyler Brown for a 2-0 lead.
Jeff de Wit pulled the Pats within one with a second period powerplay goal, and Koby Morriseau tied it with only 38 seconds left in the third.
After a scoreless overtime, both teams went through seven rounds of shooters without a goal before Skoleski’s tally. Raider goalie Curtis Meger then stopped the final Pats shooter Robbie Holmes to seal the victory.
The two teams are scheduled for a rematch on Saturday, when the Pats make the return trip to Prince Albert. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.