REGINA -- This time it was the Regina Pats' turn to wreak havoc on the powerplay.
Tuesday night in Game 3 of their WHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against Lethbridge, the Pats buried two key powerplay goals to eke out a 3-2 victory and in the process, grab a 2-1 series lead.
In Friday's Game 1, the Hurricanes rode four powerplay goals to a 6-3 triumph however now they find themselves behind in the series and without the momentum.
Regina started off slowly in Game 3. Very slow. In fact they didn't produce a shot on goal until the 13:05 mark of the first period and that included almost the entire five minutes of a major penalty to the Hurricanes' Carter Folk for his check to the head of Regina's Jared Freadrich. In fact the Hurricanes scored a shorthanded goal - off the stick of Giorgio Estephan - during that penalty.
The Folk hit set off fireworks as Lethbridge coach Brent Kisio went ballistic on the officials for making the call after watching the replay of the hit on the video scoreboard. Apparently the refs aren't supposed to do that? Oh well.
But, showing why the Pats acquired him at the WHL Trade Deadline, 20-year old sniper Cole Sanford tied the game on the powerplay late in the second period to make it 1-1 going to the third.
Pats star 17-year old Sam Steel was a threat all night and his powerplay goal midway through the third frame gave Regina a 2-1 lead. Moments later, Pats forward Rykr Cole of Moosomin, SK scored the eventual game-winner when his even strength tally made it 3-1.
The Canes' Andrew Nielson scored a powerplay goal late - with just under two minutes to go - however Lethbridge couldn't force overtime despite furious pressure in the dying seconds.
THE STATS: Lethbridge outshot Regina 32-22. ... Regina goalie Tyler Brown (30 saves) collected the win while Lethbridge target Stuart Skinner (19 saves) got the loss. ... Regina's Adam Brooks picked up three assists on the evening. He received a standing ovation before the game for winning the WHL scoring title. ... Regina was 2/7 on the powerplay and 5/6 killing penalties. ... The attendance was announced at 6,049 however if they'd announced a sellout of 6,484 no one would've known the difference.
UP NEXT: The Pats host the Hurricanes Wednesday in Game 4 at 7:00 pm on 620 CKRM. ... Don't miss 620 CKRM's SportsCage live from the Brandt Centre on Wednesday at 4:00 pm for a second straight day. The show has served to be a 3-hour pregame show for the Pats.
MOOSE JAW, Sask. - Dryden Hunt had three goals and an assist and Zach Sawchenko stopped 26 shots as the Moose Jaw Warriors blanked the visiting Prince Albert Raiders 7-0 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League playoff action.
Brett Howden, Josh Brook and Jayden Halbgewachs had a goal and an assist apiece for the Warriors, who now hold a 3-1 lead in their first-round series and can eliminate Prince Albert with a victory on Friday.
Jesse Shynkaruk also scored for Medicine Hat while Noah Gregor and Brayden Point each added three assists.
Rylan Parenteau started in net for the Raiders but was pulled after allowing four goals on 21 shots in 27:25 of action. Ian Scott turned away 12-of-15 shots in relief.
The Warriors went 2 for 7 on the power play while Prince Albert failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.
ROCKETS 1 BLAZERS 0
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Michael Herringer made 40 saves as Kelowna shut out the Blazers to take a 2-1 first-round series lead.
Justin Kirkland scored the game's only goal 1:45 into the second period.
Connor Ingram kicked out 36-of-37 shots for Kamloops.
THUNDERBIRDS 5 COUGARS 0
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Cavin Leth struck twice and Landon Bow made 27 saves as Seattle took a 3-0 first-round series lead by blanking the Cougars.
Keegan Kolesar and Nick Holowko had a goal and an assist apiece for the Thunderbirds and Alexander True added the other.
Ty Edmonds allowed three goals on 10 shots for Prince George before giving way to Nick McBride, who made 22 saves in 36:29 of relief.
CHIEFS 5 ROYALS 2
SPOKANE, Wash. - Keanu Yamamoto set up three goals and the Chiefs broke out to a five-goal lead en route to their first series victory over the Royals.
Jason Fram, Jordan Henderson, Hudson Elynuik, Presten Kopeck and Jaret Anderson-Dolan supplied the goals for Spokane, which trails the first-round matchup 2-1. Lasse Petersen stopped 22 shots for the win.
Matthew Philips and Scott Walford scored third-period goals for Victoria as Coleman Vollrath made 32 saves in defeat.
SILVERTIPS 5 WINTERHAWKS 3
PORTLAND, Ore. - Remi Laurencelle and Matt Fonteyne had a goal and an assist apiece as Everett pushed the Winterhawks a game away from elimination.
Dawson Leedahl, Patrick Bajkov and Brycen Martin also scored for the Silvertips, who are up 3-0 in their first-round series. Mario Petit made 23 saves for the win.
Cody Glass, Rihards Bukarts and Alex Schoenborn struck for Portland, which got a 20-save outing from Adin Hill.