Teagan Sacher hopes his first impression is a lasting one. The rookie goaltender made a case for himself with a 32-save effort on Thursday night at the Co-operators Centre, backstopping the Regina Pats to a 3-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings in the pre-season opener for both WHL teams. Sacher finds himself in the familiar position of having to beat out either Matt Hewitt or Adam Beukeboom — who formed a solid duo last season — in order to win a job in Regina. Sacher took Beukeboom to the wire last season in the race for the No. 2 job before the Pats returned him to the Manitoba junior A ranks, where he had a solid season with a 14-6-0 record, 2.91 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. “It was a bad feeling last year being sent back when it was down to the final three,” offered Sacher, 18. “I trained hard this summer in Winnipeg. My goalie coach really helped me mentally and physically so I think I’m in better shape and I’m mentally ready for this year. Hopefully I can crack a spot.” Ironically, Sacher got a big assist on Thu rsday from forward Patrick D’Amico, who was his teammate last season with the MJHL’s Winnipeg Saints. The speedy D’Amico made a pretty play to set up Colton Jobke for Regina’s first goal of the night, then finished off the victory with an empty netter. D’Amico also added some intrigue when he took a checking-from-behind minor in the final five minutes with his team up 2-1. “I was a little nervous coming in — first-ever WHL game — but the jitters came out early and things went well,” said the 18-year-old forward. “I took a bad penalty at the end but the boys killed it off for me. I thank them.” Head coach Pat Conacher isn’t making any commitments at this point, but he was quick to acknowledge the performance of the two hopefuls from Manitoba. “Sacher was great,” said Conacher. “What I really liked about him was he was calm in net and made it look easy. He just stood there, stopped the puck, froze the puck. He really reminded me of a pro goalie. He stands deep in his crease, challenges his shooter and just lets it happen. He doesn’t overplay anything. “D’Amico, he has good wheels, he challenged the net a couple times. We used him on the power play, he set up the one goal with Jobke hitting him back-door. You can see he has good hockey IQ, he skates very well and he wants to be here bad.” Veteran Lane Scheidl had the other goal for the Pats while John Quenneville replied for the Wheat Kings, who outshot Regina 33-22, including 15-7 in the first. “The first period I had lots of action,” added Sacher, who didn’t allow a goal in the frame. “It’s faster than junior A. I tried to stay calm as I could and just stop the puck. I was really happy. I kind of got scared in the last three minutes when we got a penalty but we ended up with the win.” Conacher will take it, but he knows there’s plenty of work to be done in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 21 in Brandon. “It was pretty scrambly,” said Conacher, whose team was up 2-0 after the first and second periods. “Brandon pushed us, but our D, we’re trying to figure it all out. For a lot of these guys, even though we’ve practiced it, I think they had a hard time understanding that we don’t trap here. That’s the biggest reason you would see us flat-footed. Guys aren’t used to getting on their horse and going. The guys who were here last year, they’re going and the other guys are watching. As we talked I thought we got a little bit better but still I don’t think the players that haven’t been here realize it. We play that up-tempo brand.” EXTRAS: The Pats dressed five players with at least one full season of WHL experience compared to six for the Wheat Kings. Brandon, however, had the younger lineup overall with an average age of 17.3 years of age (with no 20-year-olds), compared to 17.8 for Regina (with three 20-year-olds) . . . Pats F Dryden Hunt left the game in the second period after appearing to hit his head on the ice at the end of a fight with Brandon’s Rene Hunter . . . The Wheat Kings went 0-for-5 on the power play, including a crucial two-man advantage early in the game. Regina was 1-for-2 . . . The Pats’ injured scratches included RW Andrew Rieder and D Kyle Burroughs (shoulders). Burroughs is back skating without contact and is day to day while Rieder is out until the regular season . . . The Pats and Wheat Kings will hold a rematch on Friday in Brandon. Regina is back at the Brandt Centre next Friday against the Saskatoon Blades. For more on this article from the Regina Leader Post Click Here. Teagan Sacher has been a staple at GDI Prairies over the past three years as he has gone through 1v1 consulting year round. The past two off-seasons Sacher participated in the Total GDI Academy which included 3 hours of ice a week and Elite Performance Off-Ice Training. Added to his training he also was involved with being a goaltender in many pro/college 3v3 games late at night. All the staff at GDI would like to wish him the best heading into this upcoming year.For more articles and write ups on Sacher Click Here.