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Rookies shine in Regina Pats’ 5-3 win over Prince Albert Raiders in WHL action

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It was a night of firsts in the Regina Pats’ 5-3 win over the Prince Albert Raiders inside the Brandt Centre on Thursday.

Both Defencemen Layton Feist and forward Braxton Whitehead scored their first career goal in the Western Hockey League.

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“I’m super excited, I’m stoked really,” Whitehead said. “It felt like a long time since I’d scored, so it was a great time out there and I really enjoyed it.

“The development that I’m getting here in the practices is amazing and I can see it translating into my game already. It’s been helping out a lot and I’ve been making some good friendships here. I can’t wait to continue playing.”

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The win comes two days after the Pats were blown out by the Winnipeg Ice 8-3. Dave Struch, Pats’ head coach said he was proud of his team and the way they bounced back.

“It goes to show, you need to go through a lot of different things that you can learn from to develop, and I think what Winnipeg did to us, I think that that might have pushed us a little bit. Well, I know it did,” Struch said.

“Those are things that you need to go through and experience to get better and the guys did that tonight.”

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Pats’ phenome Connor Bedard built on his hot start to the season, picking up two assists to continue his point streak. Through seven games, the 15-year-old has five goals, seven assists for 12 points, and is tied for third place in league scoring.

The Pats are back at it Friday in a game against the Saskatoon Blades. Game time is 4 p.m. and can be streamed on WHL Live.

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