Connor Bedard leads Regina Pats to 3-1 win over Prince Albert

Two goals from Connor Bedard propelled the Regina Pats to a 3-1 season opener on Friday over host Prince Albert Raiders.

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Another first game of the season, two more goals for Connor Bedard against the Prince Albert Raiders.

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Bedard shot twice for the Regina Pats on Friday, when they started their 2021-22 WHL campaign with a 3-1 victory at Prince Albert.

On March 13, Bédard – then a 15-year-old who carried the Outstanding Player title – scored two goals in his first WHL game, a 6-3 loss to Prince Albert at the Brandt Center.

Drew Englot also scored for the Pats on Friday. Ryker Evans, who just returned from Seattle Kraken training camp, added two assists.

Keaton Sorensen scored for Prince Albert, who tested Pats goalie Matthew Kieper 22 times. Carter Serhyenko of the Raiders faced 39 shots.

The Pats and Raiders meet again on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Brandt Center in a game that will be televised nationally by CBC.

YAGER PACES WARRIORS

Also on Friday, 16-year-old Brayden Yager scored a hat trick for the Moose Jaw Warriors in their 7-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades at Mosaic Place.

Robert Baco, Daemon Hunt, Riley Niven and Atley Calvert scored for Moose Jaw. Brandon Lisowski answered for the Blades.

In the Warriors-Blades game, Alex Clarke became the first female official in WHL history to participate in regular season games. Clarke, a 28-year-old Weyburn resident, was a linesman.

PERFECT POULTER

Isaac Poulter made 20 shutout saves as the Swift Current Broncos shut out the Medicine Hat Tigers 2-0.

Mathew Ward and Carter Stebbings were the scorers.

WHISKED WHEAT

In another opening night game, the Winnipeg Ice beat host Brandon Wheat Kings 10-2.

Mikey Milne and Skyler Bruce led the Ice with two goals apiece.

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