ALBERTA

Shields makes 18 saves as the Hitmen blank the Pats

12/15/2012 11:39 EST | Updated 02/14/2013 05:12 EST
CALGARY - Rookie Mack Shields made 18 saves for his first Western Hockey League shutout Saturday as the Calgary Hitmen blanked the visiting Regina Pats 2-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

It was Shields’ ninth appearance of the season behind veteran Chris Driedger and he is now 5-2-1 with a 2.89 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.

Greg Chase scored 1:46 into the game for Calgary (22-7-4) and Cody Sylvester added an empty-net goal during a penalty kill with 41.5 seconds left in the third period.

Matt Hewitt stopped 29 shots for Regina (12-19-4).

The Hitmen went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Pats failed to score on 10 chances with the man advantage.

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