The Winnipeg ICE pulled off a 5-4 shootout win over the Regina Pats in Saskatchewan Sunday afternoon. Led by Connor McClennon, the ICE sealed the deal in an exciting come-from-behind matinee victory.
Although being beat midway through the third period for what looked like a potential game winning goal for the Pats, Winnipeg netminder Liam Hughes beat out fellow Manitoban Max Paddock in the skills competition, stopping all three shooters he faced, en route to a 27-save performance.
Both the ICE and Pats capitalized on one power play opportunity, despite both teams having multiple chances within the game. After exchanging goals throughout the first and second periods, the home team broke the curse and jumped ahead to a 4-3 lead with under 14 minutes to play in the third frame. However, Jackson Leppard potted his 10th of the season with 2:50 to play to force the game into extra time.
Owen Pederson, Brad Ginnell and Connor McClennon also scored for Winnipeg, who also saw multi-point performances from the latter two. McClennon scored the only goal in the shootout, putting the icing on the cake for the ICE, taking two of the three points awarded. Winnipeg will host provincial rival Brandon from the Wayne Fleming Arena Tuesday evening. Puck drop between the ICE and Wheat Kings is set for 7:30 PM central.