In Regina, the Pats halted a seven-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . G Matt Hewitt stopped 23 shots for his second shutout this season. . . . F Marc McCoy, acquired Wednesday from the Red Deer Rebels, scored for the Pats. . . . D Darian Henry, acquired by Regina from the Calgary Hitmen, also made his Regina debut. F Filip Vasko, who came over with McCoy from Red Deer, remains out with a knee injury. . . . F Trent Ouellette scored in the first period for Regina, giving the Pats their first goal in 206:21. The Pats were coming off back-to-back shutouts at the hands of the Saskatoon Blades. . . . A note from Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post that will interest WHL scouts: “Vancouver Giants director of player development Todd Ripplinger, a former Pats’ head scout, won the 50/50 draw of $3,350.” . . .
Brent Sutter has said he will run the Red Deer Rebels’ bench for the remainder of this season. . . . “I just think it’s the right thing to do,” Sutter told Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate. “It wouldn’t be fair to the kids now to make a change. There’s a certain way I want this team to play and I don’t think it would be right to all of a sudden make another coaching change. It wouldn’t be fair to anyone involved, including the fans. The right thing to do is stay the course and get through the year, hopefully have a real good second half (of the regular season) and a good playoff run. Then I can take some time to think about the situation.” . . . Sutter, the owner and general manager of the Rebels, had named himself interim head coach when he removed Jesse Wallin as head coach on Nov. 13. . . . The Rebels are 9-1-1 under Sutter, after going 10-11-2 under Wallin.
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