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Saturday, April 29, 2017

VIGR RECAP: PATS PUSH HURRICANES TO THE BRINK

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REGINA - Adam Brooks set up four goals, including Dawson Leedahl's go-ahead marker 6:25 into the third period, as the Regina Pats downed the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3 on Friday in Western Hockey League playoff action.

Regina leads the Eastern Conference final 3-2. Lethbridge hosts Game 6 Sunday with its season on the line.

Austin Wagner scored once and set up two more for the Pats while Sam Steel, Josh Mahura and Filip Ahl supplied the rest of the offence.

Josh Tarzwell, Ryan Vandervlis and Egor Babenko found the back of the net for the Hurricanes to make it a 3-3 game after two periods.

Tyler Brown made 29 saves for the win as Stuart Skinner stopped 26-of-30 shots in a losing cause.

Regina went 1 for 2 on the power play while Lethbridge scored once on four chances with the man advantage.

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WEST FINAL

KENT, Wash. - Alex True struck twice and Mathew Barzal had three assists as Seattle toppled Kelowna 5-3 for a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final.

Scott Eansor, Sami Moilanen and Ryan Gropp also scored for the Thunderbirds, who got a 37-save performance from Carl Stankowski.

Calvin Thurkauf, Nick Merkley and Dillon Dube scored for the Rockets. Michael Herringer turned away 19-of-24 shots in defeat.

Kelowna hosts Game 6 Sunday.

(Canadian Press)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Pats are who we thought they are lol

Anonymous said...

The Pat Fans Are Who WE Know They Are. LMFAO.

Anonymous said...

My premonition and prediction of the Pats in 6 is only a 4-2 Pats score away. A great season by both teams but Lethbridge will once again be asking why didn't we move on; what went Wong.

In Proxy for .. ...... The man they call Reveen

william weppler said...

That crowd was insane last night and Mr Wong took the brunt of it...poor guy. WE were loud and proud for sure!!
Brooksy is finding his stride and picking up where the Steel line just can't get it done. Other than Leedahl it's been a struggle for them but others are stepping up...amazing for a Team with no depth or grit :)).
Thought there were some weak calls and no-calls by the refs on both sides last night...no consistency so far this series.
The question is can we close it out on Sunday?? I think the pressure is all on the Canes now with having to win in Game 6 in their own barn...Pats really have no pressure and have the momentum. But "she ain't over til it's over".

Go Pats!!

Anonymous said...

The CHAMPS are who we knew they were from day one in September

Anonymous said...

As a Leaf fan, I look forward to the years ahead with Brooks on board as we head towards a Stanley Cup future.

WesternMBRiders said...

Regina versus Seattle in the WHL Final? Would be a fabulous series. Last year, Brandon's toughest series by far was against the Thunderbirds. Seattle did not have the overall offensive firepower that Brandon had last year (actually, nor does Regina) but had still had some skill and played great team D in front of a strong goalie. But, with Barzal back along with Kolesar and Bear from down the highway at Ochap, they may be primed not lose in the finals again. That said, if the Pats play like they did last night, other than the first half of the first period, suffer no key injuries, and continue to receive very reliable netminding from Tyler Brown, then I can see them winning the Dub. The Canes will have something to say about that, and might be able to mount a comeback and win Sunday, seeing that the games have been close and Skinner has been tremendous. If so, it is anyone's game in #7 but Regina at have started to look and play at home like they should with their talent, and with having an NHL experienced coach and GM in Paddock. It is time. I did not realize that the last time the Pats were in the WHL final was back in the 1980's and the days of Derkatch and Co (according to the TV broadcast last night). Like him or not, and for quite awhile now, we have been spoiled out our way in Manitoba as Kelly McCrimmon has most years and for a long time now iced a very competitive club, rarely missed the playoffs, and like Kelowna seem to be perennial contenders or at least in the group of top teams year in and year out. It sure did not take long for the ship to right itself in Regina though, as when the ownership changed and a regime who were lead by people who knew something about the game were put in charge, it has taken only 3 years for the Pats to be contenders and have the credit of hosting the Memorial Cup next year. It is also important that teams in the prairies do well, in the ice and at the gate, as even junior hockey has become a valuable commodity. There are a number of large centres with teams now and more of them looking for a franchise, such that keeping the teams in hockey markets such as Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Brandon and even Regina or Saskatoon should not be taken lightly or as a given. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

If you mean reliable goaltending that has given up a soft goal in each of the last 2 games. 90% of the shots Lethbridge has taken have been from outside the dots. Fortunately the Pats have been able to get some goals in the last 2 games however the timing of the softies wasn't good and could have turned out differently.

Andrew Wiens said...

Regina versus Seattle likely would be an extremely fun series to watch (not that the current one has been disappointing); although Lethbridge and Kelowna may have a bit more to say about that before things are finalized. I find it kind of funny that with all the big trades teams out west made at deadline (Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, and Everett) it is Seattle, the one team that stood pat, who has emerged as the western front runner.

Anonymous said...

Canucks fall to #5 hahahahaha and Colorado #4..... tanking backfired

Anonymous said...

Story book

donna Campbell said...

Kelowna will be in the final, book it.

Anonymous said...

I think Oilers prospect Ethan Bear is out for the rest of the playoffs with a broken hand.

Anonymous said...

Terrible news if that Ochap Ethan Bear news is true/

Anonymous said...

Pats are the Eastern WHL Champs! The CHAMPS are who we knew they were ! Champs since September folks!